The Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks split the first two games of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in Philadelphia and now it shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 on Friday. The Hawks are short underdogs on the NBA odds despite being on a 13-game home winning streak.
How to Bet 76ers at Hawks NBA Odds & TV Info
- When: Friday, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: State Farm Arena
- TV: ESPN
- Stream: ESPN app
- NBA Odds: Sixers -1.5 (total 224.5)
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Philly tied things up in the series with a 118-102 home win on Tuesday. The Sixers led by as many as 21, and held the Hawks to just 18 points in the close-out fourth quarter.
Joel Embiid learned earlier in the day that he lost out on regular-season MVP to Denver’s Nikola Jokic and went off for 40 points (12-for-16 from free-throw line with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. He continues to play through a small tear in his knee. In the two games since returning from his brief absence, Embiid is averaging 39.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists against the Hawks.
Tobias Harris had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists. Harris has scored at least 20 points in all but one of his playoff appearances and has reached that mark in five straight contests, entrenching himself in as the Sixers’ second-best scoring option behind Embiid. Harris has also pulled down at least six rebounds in every one of his postseason games.
Seth Curry came up big as the third option with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting and 5-for-6 from deep. Curry and Shake Milton combined to make nine of the Sixers 12 made three-pointers. Milton entered the game in the third period after the Hawks took a one-point lead with 2:46 remaining in the period. Milton proceeded to score 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting (4-of-5 3-pointers) with three rebounds and one assist over the next 14 minutes as Philly was able to shift the momentum back in their favor.
Milton played just 38 seconds in Game 1 of the series. His 14:15 of action on Tuesday surpassed his cumulative playing time across the final two games of the previous series against Washington. Coach Doc Rivers told Milton to stay ready, adding Milton played one-on-one at 10 o’clock Monday night, the eve of Game 2.
“I talked to Shake [Tuesday],” Rivers said. “I said, ‘This is a long run, man. If we do this right, then everyone’s going to get a shot. He shot extra. I mean he prepared himself and he believed that he would get another shot, and he got it. And he gave us a huge lift.”
Why Bet on Atlanta? | Betting Odds for NBAHawks star Trae Young had 21 points and 11 assists in Game 2 but was just 6-for-16 shooting overall and 1-for-7 from deep. Young has scored at least 21 points in every playoff game so far and now has four double-doubles but that three-point shooting must be better to upset the Sixers. Young is 28.9 points and 10.0 assists per game despite shooting just 32.2 percent from three in seven playoff contests.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers opened the series with Danny Green on Trae Young in Game 1 and that backfired. Rivers went with Ben Simmons, who finished second in NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting, at the start of Game 2 and it worked. In addition, instead of allowing Young to get a head of steam going as he turned the corner, the Sixers played more switch-heavy defense early in the game, sending the first defender in Atlanta’s double-drag sets right at Young.
“I thought the switching early was good, I thought it took them out of their 77 and double drag play for the most part,” Rivers said after the game. “Trae wants to go downhill, and we felt like to switch him it would at least flatten them out. Even if he beat our guys, it would give us time to adjust and be in our help positions. I thought that had some impact for us.”
After making 20 3-pointers at a 51.2 percent clip in Game 1, Atlanta made just 11 triples at a 36.7 percent clip in Tuesday’s Game 2.
Kevin Huerter set a new playoff career-high of 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor off the bench in the loss. Huerter scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half, as he and Danilo Gallinari combined for 30 points off the bench in the first half, as the hawks trimmed an 18-point deficit to two. Gallinari finished with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds.
The Hawks got bad news after Game 2 in that forward De’Andre Hunter will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. Hunter, the team’s top perimeter defender, experienced some mild swelling in his right knee prior to Game 1 and didn’t play. He averaged 15.0 points and 4.8 rebounds during the regular season.
Fellow Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) has still yet to resume 5-on-5 work in practice, Nate McMillan said on Thursday. Reddish obviously won’t play in this game. Atlanta currently is on an NBA-best 13-game home winning streak including two first-round victories over the Knicks.
- 76ers are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games as a road favorite.
- 76ers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Friday games.
- 76ers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 playoff games as a favorite.
- Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Hawks are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games.
- Hawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Hawks 113, Sixers 110
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