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Hawks vs. Knicks Predictions, Odds, Preview

May 23, 2021
by Jonathan Willis
NBA Expert

The Big Apple is buzzing about the New York Knicks. They are in the postseason for the first time in eight seasons, and the city is ready for playoff basketball again. New York fans have been some of the most discouraged over the last decade, but head coach Tom Thibodeau has reinvigorated this moribund franchise.

The Knicks have taken his defensive mantras to heart, and that will lead to a very fun playoff series against the high-flying Atlanta Hawks.

Hawks vs. Knicks Betting Resources

Betting Odds - Hawks vs. Knicks

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  • Spread: Knicks -1.5
  • Money-Line: New York -120, Atlanta +100
  • Total: 215

New York was two games under .500 in early April. The Knicks seemed likely to have to take part in the Play-In Tournament at that point, but they proceeded to run off a ton of wins. They won nine straight games to move ahead of the other teams jostling in the standings, and they went 16-4 over their final 20 games overall.

New York's four losses were to Phoenix (twice), Denver, and the Los Angeles Lakers, and this team didn’t lose to a non-playoff team after March.

The Knicks needed to win their last three games to win a tiebreaker with the Hawks for the No. 4 seed and home court advantage in this series. They edged San Antonio and then outlasted Charlotte in overtime at the start of the weekend. New York still needed to beat Boston in its last game though.

Although the Celtics didn’t have Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown, they were still a game foe. They played good defense and limited the Knicks’ offense, as Julius Randle went 5-of-17 for 20 points. Fortunately, Alec Burks, R.J. Barrett, and Reggie Bullock did enough in a grueling 96-92 win.

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