Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:44 AM
Hawks vs. 76ers Predictions, Odds, Preview
Eastern Conference postseason action will resume on Wednesday night with a pivotal Game 5 between the Hawks and Sixers set to kick off TNT’s nationally televised double-header at 7:30 Eastern time in The City of Brotherly Love.
Hawks vs. 76ers Betting Resources
- Matchup: Eastern Conference Playoffs
- Expert Picks: Vegas Insiders
- Venue: Wells Fargo Center
- Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- TV: TNT
- Bet: BetMGM | BetRivers | FanDuel | bet365 | DraftKings | Best Sportsbooks
Betting Odds - Hawks vs. 76ers
Subject to Change
- Spread: 76ers -6
- Money-Line: Philadelphia -250, Atlanta +210
- Total: 223.5
After blowing an 18-point lead on the road in Game 4, the Sixers return to the Wells Fargo Center as a six-point favorite over the visiting Hawks.
The total for Wednesday’s event is currently stationed at OU 223.5 – which is the lowest over-under set for a matchup in this series since Game 1’s lofty over result (128-124, O 219).
The Hawks and 76ers are all knotted up at 2-2 with a pivotal Game 5 coming up Wednesday night in Philadelphia. (AP)
Hawks vs. 76ers Current Form
After posting dominant four-to-one victories to start their respective postseason campaigns, the Hawks and Sixers opened this second-round series with one gigantic rollercoaster of an affair – as Atlanta jumped out to a 26-point lead in the first half of Game 1 behind a combined 7-of-10 long-range performance from Trae Young and Bojan Bogdanovic.
Only to have that lead slowly shrunken down to four points before the conclusion of the event, as Philadelphia’s suffocating second-half defense nearly paved the way for Joel Embiid and company to pull off a stunning comeback in the opener – outscoring the Hawks 70-54 in the final two stanzas of the narrow loss mainly thanks to Young and Bogdanovic shooting just 2-of-13 from downtown during those periods.
The next few squabbles between them looked a lot like the end of the first matchup, as the Sixers rumbled to a pair of decisive 16-point victories while asserting a convincing series-advantage in Games 2 and 3 – and appeared to have Atlanta on the ropes again in Game 4 by building a commanding 18-point lead in the second quarter.
The Sixers completely fell apart on offense down the stretch of their latest head-scratching loss though, as Embiid contributed just four points 0-of-12 shooting during Philadelphia’s disastrous 38-point performance in the second half of Game 4 – deadlocking this series at two games apiece heading into Wednesday’s Game 5.
Hawks vs. 76ers Head-to-Head
- Jun. 14, 2021 - Hawks 103 vs. 76ers 100, Atlanta +3, Under 226
- Jun. 11, 2021 - 76ers 127 at Hawks 111, Philadelphia -2, Over 224.5
- 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
The Sixers won two of three matchups against Atlanta during the regular season – with their first two meetings staying 'under' the total due to the losers of those affairs averaging just 88.5 points per game, and the third cruising over the number as a result of these teams combining for 230 points during a blowout victory for Philadelphia (126-104).
Atlanta’s lone win over the Sixers came during Philadelphia’s mid-January COVID-19 crisis, as Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, Shake Milton, and Matisse Thybulle were all forced to sit out for health and safety reasons – resulting in an 18-point victory for the Hawks.
The Sixers were healthy for their back-to-back set against Atlanta at the end of April though, and things played out much differently – as Philadelphia throttled the Hawks by an average of 33 points in a pair of home victories to close out the month.
(SU-Straight Up, ATS - Against the Spread, OU - Over-Under)
Atlanta Hawks Betting Outlook
Inside the Stats (2020-2021)
- Overall: 47-34 SU, 45-35-1 ATS, 38-43 OU
- Road: 19-22 SU, 19-21-1 ATS, 20-21-1 OU
After finishing up the regular season tied with New York in the standings at 41-31, the Hawks stumbled out of the gate in The Big Apple to start their first-round series – as Atlanta narrowly toppled the Knicks in Game 1 at MSG on Young’s game-winning floater, which was followed by a disappointing nine-point loss in Game 2.
The Hawks played the following three matchups with a chip on their shoulder though, as Atlanta stomped the Knicks by an average of 14 points the rest of the way – which included a dominant series-ending victory at MSG in Game 5 (103-89).
The Hawks were lights out to kick off their series-opener against Philadelphia – outscoring the Sixers, 74-54 in the first half of Game 1, which enabled Atlanta to narrowly cling onto a four-point win in the event.
In their following five ‘halves’ though, the Sixers went on to outscore them by 9.6 points per half – resulting in a pair of dominant double-digit victories for Philadelphia in Games 2 and 3.
Philadelphia 76ers Betting Outlook
Inside the Stats (2020-2021)
- Overall: 55-26 SU, 43-35-3 ATS, 40-41 OU
- Home: 33-8 SU, 25-15-1 ATS, 24-17 OU
After stringing together consecutive dominant outings against Atlanta, the Sixers suffered an epic meltdown in the second half of Game 4 – as Philadelphia scored just 38 points on 32% from the field and 4-of-16 from downtown in the final two stanzas of the shameful loss.
Fortunately, the Sixers will return home to Philadelphia for the fifth matchup of this series – where Philadelphia was 29-7 during the regular season and currently 4-1 this postseason.
- PF De'Andre Hunter: Knee - Out
- PG Brandon Goodwin: Illness - Out
- SF Cameron Reddish: Achilles - Out
- SG Danny Green: Calf - Out
Hawks vs. 76ers Player Prop Best Bet
Joel Embiid – To Score 35+ Points (+250)
After averaging 39.5 points on 54% from the field at home in the first two matchups of this series, Embiid went ice cold during the Sixers’ two-game road trip to Atlanta – averaging just 22 points on 32% shooting across Games 3 and 4.
I’ll back The Process to have a big night in Game 5, as Philadelphia’s superstar typically shines brightest when the stakes are high at home for his team.
Hawks vs. 76ers Prediction
Despite their second-half meltdown on the road in Game 4, the Sixers head back to Philadelphia for Game 5 as a six-point favorite over the visiting Hawks.
I’ll lay the points with Philadelphia here – as excluding the first half of Game 1 against Atlanta, the Sixers have been overwhelmingly dominant at the Wells Fargo Center this postseason (+81) and I expect that trend of dominance to continue in Game 5.