Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks (Game 2) Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks, Point Spread

Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks

  • The Hawks took Game 1 off the back of their star point guard Trae Young.
  • In their first playoff performance since 2013, the Knicks stars showed some serious stage fright.
  • Despite winning Game 1, the Hawks open as a +110 underdog.

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Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks Odds

Team Point Spread Total Money Line
Atlanta Hawks +2 (-110)
O 212.5 (-115)
New York Knicks -2 (-110)
U 212.5 (-105)

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Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks Predictions and Picks

Our Pick
Game 1 came down to a single basket, but it was the Knicks who came up short. New York showed their ability to rebound from a poor start and showed the defensive ability to keep the Hawks in check. They’re not likely to let the Hawks leave Madison Square Garden with two straight wins.
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Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks Information
Teams Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks
Location Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Time 7:30 PM EST, May 26th, 2021
How to Watch TNT

Head-to-Head: Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks

Atlanta Hawks Head-to-Head New York Knicks
Nate McMillan Head Coach Tom Thibodeau
41-31 (5th in East) Standing 41-31 (4th in East)
W-W-W-W Form L-W-W-W
115.7 (8th of 30) Off Rtg 110.6 (23rd of 30)
113.3 (21st of 30) Def Rtg 108.2 (3rd of 30)
97.6 (23rd of 30) Pace 95.9 (30th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

T. Young (25.3) PPG J. Randle (24.1)
C. Capela (14.3) RPG J. Randle (10.2)
T. Young (9.4) APG J. Randle (6.0)
C. Reddish (1.3) SPG N. Noel, M. Robinson (1.1)
C. Capela (2.0) BPG N. Noel (2.2)
O. Okongwu (.644)/T. Young (7.7) FG%/FGM M. Robinson (.653)/J. Randle (8.5)
T. Snell (.569)/B. Bogdanovic (3.3) 3P%/3PM F. Ntilikina (.479)/R. Bullock (2.5)

NYK: Get Off To A Stronger Start

The New York Knicks failed to impress in the opening of their first playoff appearance since 2013. While they lost by just one, they need to improve on their aggression from the tip.

In the first quarter, the Knicks shot 26.9% from the field and made just seven field goals. They battled on the glass, but they just couldn’t find their range past an energetic Hawks defence.

New York were able to fight their way back through three more quarters, but they can’t afford to dig themselves into another hole in Game 2. With Atlanta’s scoring versatility, the Knicks need to clamp up and find easy baskets for themselves.

Knicks Key Player: (F) Julius Randle

Julius Randle played in his first ever playoff game and it was a dud. While he still put in a great effort, the All-Star ability that showed all season was nowhere to be found.

Randle closed out the loss posting just 15 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists on six of 23 shooting from the field.

Randle is the leader of this Knicks group, but he needs to adapt to the playoffs quickly. If New York’s All-Star can’t come to grips with the defensive intensity of the playoffs, the Knicks are in trouble.

ATL: Share the Ball

The Atlanta Hawks were solid in their first game against the Knicks, but still have areas where they can improve. Most notably, they can’t simply rely on Trae Young to make plays.

Young played 35 minutes and accounted for 10 of the Hawks’ 17 assists on the evening. While Young justifiably is the highest usage player on Atlanta’s roster, the role players must do more the create opportunities for each other.

There aren’t many natural playmakers on the Hawks outside of Young, but veteran guard Lou Williams would be their next best bet. That doesn’t mean the likes of Collins and Bogdanovic can’t do more to recognize opportunities for others though.

Hawks Key Player: (G) Trae Young

In his first ever playoff game, Hawks guard Trae Young showed that he’s ready for prime time. On top of an excellent performance Young nailed the game winner, wrestling home court advantage away from New York.

In the Hawks’ victory, Young posted 32 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds on 11 of 23 shooting from the field.

The Knicks had difficulty containing Young in Game 1. How he starts the game and creates for others will determine if the Hawks can leave New York with two wins.

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