Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks (Game 3) Predictions, Betting Lines, Picks
- The Philadelphia 76ers leveled the series and now want to wrest back home-court advantage.
- The Atlanta Hawks did their job splitting their first two games, now hosting the Sixers in Atlanta for the next two matches.
- The Hawks open as the underdogs, despite having home court in Game 3.
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Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Odds
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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Philadelphia 76ers||-1 (-115) |
|O 224.5 (-115) |
|Atlanta Hawks||+1 (-105) |
|U 224.5 (-105) |
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Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Predictions and Picks
|The Philadelphia 76ers led for the majority of Game 2 against the Hawks, sorting out their prior issues in Game 1. The Hawks’ offensive struggles from Game 2 are expected to continue in Game 3.|
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How to Watch Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks
|Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Information|
|Teams||Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks|
|Location||State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, June 11th, 2021|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
Head-to-Head: Atlanta Hawks vs Philadelphia 76ers
|Atlanta Hawks||Head-to-Head||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Nate McMillan||Head Coach||Doc Rivers|
|41-31 (5th in East)||Standing||49-23 (1st in East)|
|115.7 (8th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.2 (13th of 30)|
|113.3 (21st of 30)||Def Rtg||107.6 (2nd of 30)|
|97.6 (23rd of 30)||Pace||99.5 (11th of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|T. Young (30.2)||PPG||J. Embiid (27.0)|
|C. Capela (12.8)||RPG||T. Harris (10.0)|
|T. Young (9.8)||APG||B. Simmons (9.3)|
|B. Bogdanovic (1.3)||SPG||B. Simmons (1.7)|
|C. Capela (2.0)||BPG||M. Thybulle (1.3)|
|C. Capela (.643)/T. Young (10.0)||FG%/FGM||B. Simmons (.684)/T. Harris (9.5)|
|K. Huerter (.464)/B. Bogdanovic (3.2)||3P%/3PM||G. Hill (.545)/S. Curry (2.5)|
ATL: Grow, Don’t Fade
The Atlanta Hawks failed to earn another win in Game 2 against the Sixers in their last game. Despite being competitive throughout, they showed their inexperience as they struggled through the fourth quarter.
The Hawks were outscored 18 to 27 in the fourth quarter, shooting just 26.3% from the field and 3 of 10 from three-point range.
With all of their focus on Embiid, the Hawks gave up 18 of Philly’s 27 fourth-quarter points to the Sixers’ bench players. If Atlanta wants to regain control of the series, they need to focus in through four quarters.
Hawks Key Player: (G) Kevin Huerter
KEVIN HUERTER IS ON FIRE:
Ties his playoff career high in the first half. pic.twitter.com/kcrq2ekjv8
— Maryland Basketball 🐢 (@TerrapinHoops) June 9, 2021
Kevin Huerter hasn’t grown into the player that the Hawks think he can be quite yet. But the sharpshooting guard was a bright spot in Atlanta’s Game 2 loss.
In 35 minutes of play, Huerter scored 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field. He also converted on 3 of his 5 three-point field goal attempts.
The pressure on Trae Young to score is immense. Huerter is one of the few players on the Hawks that is a consistent threat from three and can support him.
PHI: Contain the Perimeter
The Philadelphia 76ers made some big changes, having been down just one game to the Atlanta Hawks. A large part of that was changing up defensive assignments, which led to their eventual success.
The Sixers were more aggressive closing out on the perimeter, limiting the Hawks to just 11 of 30 shooting from three. By making Ben Simmons the primary defender on Trae Young, Doc Rivers limited the young star to just 6 of 16 shooting from the field.
Their defensive effort will determine their success in this series. After setting a good standard in Game 2, the Sixers will need more of the same to take the lead in the series.
Sixers Key Player: (C) Joel Embiid
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) June 9, 2021
Down a game, Sixers forward Joel Embiid showed why he is one of the most intimidating players in the NBA. He was unstoppable on the offensive end, despite playing through injury.
In Game 2 Embiid posted 40 points, 13 rebounds, two steals, and a block in 36 minutes of play. He was efficient as well, shooting 13 of 25 from the field and 12 of 16 from the free-throw line.
When Embiid is engaged offensively, there’s no one in the NBA that can stop him one-on-one. As the Hawks will try to limit his production in Game 3, so Embiid should be prepared to make plays for others.
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