Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks surprised the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in their first Eastern Conference semifinal game on Sunday, but the Sixers are solid favorites on the NBA odds to tie things up Tuesday night. They will need to slow Young down to do so.
How to Bet Hawks at 76ers NBA Odds & TV Info
- When: Tuesday, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Wells Fargo Center
- TV: TNT
- Stream: TNT app
- NBA Odds: Sixers -5 (total 223)
Why Bet on Atlanta? | NBA Betting Lines
Hawks star Trae Young was terrific in Round 1 vs. the Knicks and great again in Game 1 vs. the Sixers with 35 points and 10 assists in the 128-124 victory. Atlanta took control in the early going, burying triples and forcing turnovers. After taking a 20-point lead into halftime, and a 16-point lead into the final period, the team made the fans sweat en route to just a four-point win.
Young became the second player in history to score at least 30 points in his first four road playoff games, joining the Bucks’ Lew Alcindor, who became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Young has scored at least 30 points in four of his six appearances. He also has three double-doubles in that six-game stretch and has dished out at least seven assists in each outing. His 10 assists Sunday included 5 at the rim and 4 behind the arc, leading to another 24 points.
John Collins had 21 points and four rebounds. The power forward drained three shots from 3-point range and has made at least two of them in four of his six playoff games so far. He’s hitting 45.4 percent from deep through six postseason appearances, which is way above his regular-season average. Collins’ importance was highlighted in the second game of the Knicks series when he was in foul trouble and only played 15 minutes. It was the only postseason game that the Hawks have lost.
Bogdan Bogdanovic added 21 points as well, making 5-for-12 from deep. He has made multiple threes in all but one of his six playoff appearances so far, but Sunday was the first time he reached the 20-point mark.
The Hawks were 20-of-47 from 3, while the 76ers were just 10-of-29. The Hawks also made 20 of their 21 free throw attempts. Philadelphia got to the line more but missed too many for that to make a real difference, going 24-of-35.
Small forward De’Andre Hunter didn’t play in Game 1 with right knee soreness and is in question for Game 2. He’s one of the team’s most versatile defenders and efficient scorer on the offensive end. Solomon Hill started in his spot.
Why Bet on Philadelphia? | NBA Betting LinesIt was in question whether Sixers star Joel Embiid would play in Game 1 after he slightly tore a meniscus in Game 4 of the first round vs. Washington and missed Game 5. Embiid did play Sunday, although he could be seen grimacing at times. He finished with 39 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Embiid also hit 14 of his 15 free throw attempts and was dominant. Unfortunately for the Sixers, they weren’t able to completely dig their way out of a 26-point hole in a 128-124 loss.
When asked about the meniscus tear in his right knee, Joel Embiid emphasized that it wasn’t easy to play, but it’s all about the management of the injury: “Playing on a torn meniscus is not easy…the pain is gonna be there, that’s normal. It’s all about managing it, and doing whatever it takes to win. My goal is to win a championship. I’m gonna put my body on the line to make sure that happens.”
Ben Simmons recorded 17 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and four steals. He was 7-for-7 from the field but just 3-for-10 from the free-throw line. Simmons says he wants to defend Hawks star Trae Young more in Game 2.
Sixers head coach Doc Rivers opted to use Danny Green as the primary Young defender to start the game, but it didn’t work. In the second half, Philadelphia had Simmons defend Young and changed its defensive scheme in the pick-and-roll. The Hawks star had 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting in the second half.
“It was way too late,” said Simmons. “We weren’t physical or aggressive enough. I started the second half on him and used my size. I feel like that disrupted him a little bit, but we got to get started like that. From the first quarter to the last. We waited way too long.”
The Sixers allowed just 180 corner 3s (2.5 per game) in the regular season, tied for the second fewest in the league. The Hawks were 8-for-17 from the corners on Sunday, with the eight makes being tied for the second most and the 17 attempts being the most against Philly this season. The Sixers were just 1-for-4 from the corners.
Through the first round of these playoffs, the Sixers were 27-5 when they had their full starting lineup, with one of those five losses being Game 4 in Washington, when Embiid didn’t play after the first quarter.
- Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
- Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
- 76ers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- 76ers are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 home games.
- 76ers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- 76ers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss.
- Sixers 114, Hawks 109
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