The Atlanta Hawks snuck in and stole Game 1 in Philly, but then followed that up by getting dominated in Game 2 for a 1-1 series tie. As the next two games shift back to Atlanta, how will the ever-confident Trae Young and his teammates do?
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HOME TEAM: Atlanta Hawks (1-1, 0-0 at home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Trae Young
- SG: Bogdan Bogdanovic
- SF: Solomon Hill
- PF: John Collins
- C: Clint Capela
Philadelphia’s defense caused the Hawks a lot of problems in Game 2.
After scoring 35 points in Game 1, Trae Young had 21 while struggling from the field and shooting 6 of 16 including 1 of 7 from three. He’s going to have to do better with his shot making, and the energy from the home fans might just push him through all the way.
Bogdan Bogdanovic shot the same from the field but made 2 of 6 from three, however he only scored 14 points. John Collins regressed in Game 2, as well, finishing with 8 points on 4 of 11 shooting.
They’re going to have to figure their offense out in Game 3 because the Sixers will be looking to return the favor and take a road win of their own, and this team has far more talent and experience than the New York Knicks.
The Hawks are 17-15 ATS after a loss and 7-6 ATS as the home underdog.
ROAD TEAM: Philadelphia 76ers (1-1, 0-0 on the road)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Ben Simmons
- SG: Seth Curry
- SF: Danny Green
- PF: Tobias Harris
- C: Joel Embiid
Even a hobbled Joel Embiid is capable of averaging 39.5 PPG and 11 RPG against the Hawks. Even though he’s against been listed as questionable, there’s little reason to believe that he won’t make an appearance in a very important road game.
Seth Curry and Tobias Harris have also picked up the slack, and are both averaging 21 PPG over two games to back up their star center. This also frees up their other star, Ben Simmons, to do what he does best and initiate the offense and be a complete nuisance on defense. Simmons is averaging 10.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 8.5 APG, 3.0 SPG and 1.0 BPG.
The Sixers do seem to have more talent, but they’ll have learned to respect the Hawks after their Game 1 loss. They’ll be coming in even more focused for Game 3 in Atlanta.
Philadelphia are 14-10-2 ATS as an away favorite and 27-24-2 ATS after a win.
Spread: With more scoring options and a renewed defensive focus, the 76ers should be able to cover as -1.5 spread as the away favorite.
Over/Under: I think the Hawks push the pace at home and help hit the over 224.