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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks Predictions, Odds, Picks

Dec. 3, 2021
Eytan Shander
VI Betting Expert

The Hawks will be looking for their second straight win as they host a struggling Sixers team that would be happy with just a win. Philadelphia is in Atlanta Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. ET tip on ESPN.

Score Prediction

Hawks 113, 76ers 100

Best Bets

Hawks -1 (-110) at DraftKings

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks Predictions

Don’t let the short line fool you, the Hawks are playing better basketball than the Sixers. Atlanta is deeper and is getting way more from their superstar than Philadelphia is from theirs. Trae Young comes off a big night against the Pacers and should complicate the Sixers' backcourt and create some major issues defensively.

The obvious for Philadelphia is how bad Joel Embiid has looked in the past two games and has a tough matchup in Clint Capella on the boards. Tobias Harris can’t disappear like we’ve seen him do against better teams. The Sixers are going to need career-type nights from Seth Curry and Danny Green just to compete with the Hawks scorers. It’s been a struggle on offense for Tyrese Maxey ever since the return of Embiid.

Watching Maxey before, he was aggressive and a focus on the offense. But Philadelphia is going to have their hands full with Young and keeping Capella off the boards. Atlanta gets some decent production from a pair of wings in Cam Reddish and De'Andre Hunter, two guys who may see as much Green on D as they will Matisse Thybulle. Plenty of scoring chances for the SF position. John Collins is averaging 16.5 PPG and may have a great physical advantage over Tobias Harris.

While there may only be a game difference between the two teams, there’s a difference in recent play. The Hawks have won eight of their last 10 games, while the Sixers won just three of their last 10 contests. Philadelphia has struggled since Embiid returned, outside of the huge game from Embiid in his actual return from COVID, the Sixers star has struggled to provide much on offense. Without Embiid, the Sixers may not even make the playoffs.

Harris hasn’t done anything in Embiid’s absence to give hope Harris can take over games. The Sixers still miss not having Ben Simmons or at least whoever the return would be in a trade. Atlanta is not caring who they beat in this recent stretch, destroying some bad teams and then beating the Grizzlies by 30 points.

After a rough start to the season, the Hawks are climbing their way back into the playoff side of the Eastern Conference – somewhere the Sixers have yet to find. The Hawks are getting an all-NBA type performance from Young, solid shooting contributions from guys like Kevin Huerter, and bench support. The Hawks may not have Reddish against the Sixers but are otherwise relatively healthy.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Odds

Odds Provided by DraftKings - Subject to Change

  • Hawks -120
  • 76ers +100
  • Hawks -1 (-110)
  • 76ers -1 (-110)
  • Over 213.5 (-110)

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Atlantic vs. Southeast
  • Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
  • Venue: State Farm Arena
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • TV-Time: ESPN - 7:30 p.m. ET

Philadelphia 76ers Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 11-11
  • ATS: 11-11
  • O/U: 8-14

Embiid averages 22 ppg, 10.9 rpg, and 4.2 apg. He’s shooting just under 41 percent from the floor. Harris adds 19.2 ppg and 8.2 rpg. He’s also averaging 3.7 apg and shooting 48 percent. Maxey drops 17.5 ppg while dishing out 5 apg, he’s also shooting just under 47 percent. Seth Curry is at 16 ppg off 51 percent shooting. Shake Milton and Georges Niang are each around 11 ppg, the final two Sixers players averaging double figures.

Atlanta Hawks Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 12-10
  • ATS: 10-12
  • O/U: 11-11

Young leads his team with 26.3 ppg and dishes out 9.1 apg. Young is also shooting 46.6 percent from the floor. John Collins is up next, averaging 16.5 ppg and 7.7 rpg. Collins is shooting 57 percent, still not team best as that’s Clint Capela. The Hawks center averages 11.9 ppg and 12.5 rpg off 59 percent shooting. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Reddish, and Hunter are the final three Hawks players to average double digits in points. Huerter is technically at 9.9 ppg and is shooting just under 48 percent.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks Head-to-Head

The second matchup between these two teams will be Friday night in Atlanta. In their first matchup on October 30th, the Sixers beat up on the Hawks by 28 points.

Key Players to Watch

  • PHI: Joel Embiid - C (22 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 4.2 apg)
  • PHI: Tobias Harris - PF (19.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg)
  • ATL: Trae Young - PG (26.3 ppg, 9.1 apg)
  • ATL: John Collins - PF (16.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg)

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Conclusion

The biggest factor in betting this game is looking at what’s consistent versus volatile variables. The Hawks are winning games right now and the Sixers are not. There’s a big difference in both teams being healthy and just one being able to win – especially on the road.

Philadelphia is just 3-7 in their last 10 games, and don’t show many signs of turning it around overnight. While Embiid needs time to recover and get back to game shape, the rest of the team is not talented enough to keep up with one of the deepest teams in the NBA.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Trends

  • The point total has gone UNDER in five straight meetings.
  • The road team has won three of the last five meetings.
  • Atlanta has won eight of its last nine games.
  • Philadelphia has lost nine of its last 12 games.

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