New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks
Tip-off: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Carmelo Anthony never ceases to amaze YouWager experts nor the the Atlanta Hawks. The 28 year-old New York Knicks star enters off his first 50-point effort for the his team, who will try for their 10th straight win tonight night when they make it to Atlanta.
The Knicks (47-26) are currently enjoying their longest victory streak since the 1993-94 team won 15 in a row, with Anthony turning in an outstanding performance in the opener of this two-game trip. The Brooklyn native matched a career high with 50 points, making his first seven shots and finishing 7 of 10 on 3-pointers Tuesday in a 102-90 win versus the Miami Heat playing without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
In three games versus the Hawks (42-33) under former Atlanta coach Mike Woodson, Anthony is averaging 39.0 points. The 6x NBA All Star scored 42 and tied a franchise record with nine 3-pointers in a 106-104 win Jan. 27 in these teams’ only previous meeting this basketball season.
According to the NBA odds, Anthony is averaging an league-high 9.0 points per game in the first quarter. He was able to score 17 in the first period Tuesday, marking the fifth time this season he has scored at least that many through 12 minutes.
New York center Tyson Chandler had two rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes in his return after missing 10 games with a bulging disc. The 30 year-old stated that he does not know whether he will play Wednesday, but that he felt “no serious pain but some stiffness and soreness.”
The Knicks cut their magic number to five to capture its first Atlantic Division title since 1993-94. New York pulled into a virtual tie with Central Division leader Indiana Pacers in the race for the No. 2 seed.
Atlanta is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, sitting one game behind the Brooklyn Nets in the race for home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Even so, that’s probably not a priority for coach Larry Drew.