The Atlanta Hawks finished another spectacular performance after stunning the Sixers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Nate McMillan’s team played with confidence despite trailing by 22 points at the beginning of the second half and 17 points before the final quarter.
With a 3-2 series lead, the Hawks now get the upper hand as they get the support of their home crowd in Game 6. For Doc Rivers and the 76ers, this is going to be a problem. Now that they’ve witnessed firsthand what their opponents are capable of doing, the rest of the squad will have to be more consistent come Friday night.
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76ers vs. Hawks Game 6 Information
- When: Friday, June 18, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Hawks
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: WPEN 97.5 (Sixers) // 92.9 THE GAME (Hawks)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Philadelphia 76ers (-156) // O/U 221.5
Why Bet on the Philadelphia 76ers?
Game 5 saw the Sixers’ defense and offense collapse, and this calls for major changes as soon as possible. They came out guns blazing and lifted the fans early into the game, but were too confident. Joel Embiid was perfect from the field in the first quarter, going 8-8 and draining all of his free throws.
The third quarter saw the Sixers take a commanding 26-point lead, with Seth Curry lighting up the 3-point line and performing arguably one of his best playoff games that ended with 36 points and 7 rebounds. But as the end of the quarter approached, the 76ers lacked a sense of urgency and let the Hawks take over the game.
Joel Embiid had another impressive performance, scoring 37 points 13 rebounds, and 5 assists. Despite the showing, he spent most of his time at the perimeter and did not produce offensive rebounds for his team. They were outplayed on the glass, which played a huge role in their loss and allowed the Hawks to convert second-chance buckets. Then again, he is among the essential components that could pull the Sixers out of this rut.
Why Bet on the Atlanta Hawks?
The Hawks abused a strategy reminiscent of the Hack-A-Shaq but employed it on Ben Simmons early to close down the Sixers’ double-digit lead. However, they weren’t able to chase down the score until the second half. With Lou Williams bringing in new energy, the three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year did what he does best.
He was able to score important buckets, ending his night with 15 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. The Hawks continue to present relentlessness in the series and are now a game away from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.
Of course, directing the Hawks’ offense is the incredible Trae Young. Although the guard struggled with right shoulder soreness in recent games, he persists in playing at a high level. He recorded 39 points, 7 assists, and a rebound during his 36 minutes on the court, making all the difference for his team. On top of that, he worked with a solid supporting cast tonight as their bench players outscored the Sixers bench. If they can repeat this performance, there’s a good chance that they can open a new chapter in this playoff run.
76ers vs. Hawks Betting Trends
- The 76ers are 5-5 in their last 10 away games.
- The 76ers are 2-3 against the spread in their last 5 games.
- The totals have gone under 3 times in the Sixers’ last 5 games.
- The Hawks are 9-1 in their last 10 home games.
- The Hawks are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games.
- The totals have gone over 2 times in the Hawks’ last 5 games.
76ers vs. Hawks Expert Betting Prediction
The tables have turned after Game 5 and we now have one of the most exciting playoff series before us. Trae Young and the Hawks look good after their last victory as the team looks forward to playing at home. If they keep a productive bench, defense, and secure the offensive glass, we might see the team bound for the Conference Finals after Game 6. On the other hand, a win is still possible for the 76ers. Nonetheless, it’s crunch time for the team. They cannot afford any more mistakes and there’s no room for error if they want to force a Game 7.
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