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76ers vs. Hawks Predictions, Odds, Preview

June 11, 2021
by Kevin Rogers
NBA Expert

The one series that looked like a mismatch out of the four conference semifinal matchups has actually been competitive.

After Atlanta held off Philadelphia in Game 1, the 76ers bounced back in Game 2 at home to even up the series at 1-1 with things heading to the Peach State.

76ers vs. Hawks Betting Resources

Betting Odds - 76ers vs. Hawks

Subject to Change

  • Spread: 76ers -1
  • Money-Line: Philadelphia -120, Atlanta +100
  • Total: 224.5

Joel Embiid and the 76ers head to Atlanta tied at 1-1 with an important Game 3 on Friday night. (AP)

76ers vs. Hawks Current Form

Atlanta turned its season around when Nate McMillan was named interim head coach on March 1. The Hawks owned a 14-20 at the time, but Atlanta finished 27-11 in the final 38 games after McMillan took over to capture the Southeast division title.

Following a 4-1 first round series triumph over the Knicks, the Hawks were in for a major test in the second round against the top-seeded 76ers.

Atlanta passed the first test of this series by scoring 74 first half points in a 128-124 victory at Wells Fargo Center as 4.5-point underdogs.

However, the Sixers jumped out to a 33-20 lead after one quarter in Game 2 before the Hawks cut the halftime deficit to 57-55.

It was all Philadelphia in the second half as the Sixers outscored the Hawks, 61-47 for the 118-102 win as 6.5-point favorites.

Joel Embiid torched Atlanta for 40 points on 13-of-25 shooting from the floor, while Tobias Harris put up 22 points in the win for Philadelphia.

Trey Young struggled from the field by shooting 6-of-16, while hitting only 1-of-7 three-point attempts, but the Hawks' star guard scored 22 points and dished out 11 assists in the defeat.

76ers vs. Hawks Head-to-Head

  • Jun. 8, 2021 - 76ers 118 vs. Hawks 102, Philadelphia -6.5, Under 225.5
  • Jun. 6, 2021 - Hawks 128 at 76ers 124, Atlanta +4.5, Over 219.5
  • Apr. 30, 2021 - 76ers 126 vs. Hawks 104, Philadelphia -7.5, Over 224
  • Apr. 28, 2021 - 76ers 127 vs. Hawks 83, Philadelphia -9.5, Under 213
  • Jan. 11, 2021 - Hawks 112 vs. 76ers 94, Atlanta -6, Under 223.5

(SU-Straight Up, ATS - Against the Spread, OU - Over-Under)

Philadelphia 76ers Betting Outlook

Inside the Stats (2020-2021)

  • Overall: 54-25 SU, 42-34-3 ATS, 39-40 OU
  • Road: 21-17 SU, 17-19-2 ATS, 15-23 OU

The 76ers have covered consecutive games only once in the playoffs (Games 2 and 3 against Washington), while going 5-2 to the 'over' in seven postseason contests.

Only twice this season has Philadelphia been a road favorite of two or fewer points. The 76ers won each of those contests, but pushed as a one-point favorite in an overtime victory at New York in late March, while knocking off Toronto as 2.5-point chalk in late February, 109-102.

Atlanta Hawks Betting Outlook

Inside the Stats (2020-2021)

  • Overall: 46-33 SU, 44-34-1 ATS, 37-42 OU
  • Home: 27-11 SU, 25-13 ATS, 17-21 OU

The Hawks have turned State Farm Arena into a real home-court advantage by winning 13 consecutive home games.

Since late February, Atlanta has won and covered in five of seven opportunities in the home underdog role, including victories against Phoenix, Milwaukee, and Denver.

Key Injuries

Philadelphia 76ers

  • C Joel Embiid: Knee - Questionable

Atlanta Hawks

  • PG Kris Dunn: Illness - Probable
  • PF De'Andre Hunter: Knee - Out
  • PG Brandon Goodwin: Illness - Out
  • SF Cameron Reddish: Achilles - Out

76ers vs. Hawks Prediction

Atlanta has shown that it can hang with Philadelphia and the Hawks have been the best home team in the NBA over the last few months.

Returning to State Farm Arena with confidence after picking up a split in Philadelphia should boost the Hawks to a Game 3 victory over the 76ers.

Score Prediction: Hawks 116, 76ers 110
Best Bet: Atlanta +1

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