The Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks travel to Georgia for Game 3 of their first-round 2021 NBA Playoffs series at the State Farm Arena. After two thrillers at Madison Square Garden, it’s now time for the Knicks to step out of their comfort zone and face a loud Hawks crowd.
Game 1 was snatched away by the Hawks with a 107-105 victory. Meanwhile, the Knicks were able to tie the series following an incredible third-quarter run in Game 2, sustain their momentum.
That being said, the NitroBetting news team provides a closer investigation of the upcoming Knicks vs. Hawks game. This preview covers all of the basics, including team information, key players, and the latest NBA odds. More than that, we go the extra mile to share the latest betting trends and expert betting predictions geared to help you lock in on the best possible picks. And don’t forget to check our online Bitcoin sportsbook for all .
Knicks vs. Hawks Game 3 Information
- When: Friday, May 28, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
- Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta , Georgia
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: 98.7 FM ESPN (Knicks) // 92.9 THE GAME (Hawks)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Atlanta Hawks -185 / OU: 211.5
Why Bet on the New York Knicks?
It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Knicks in the playoffs, and they will be looking for another strong start in Game 3. The Knicks tightened up their defense in Game 2 and also continued their dominance on the glass. They are averaging 51.5 rebounds per game to just 41.5 by Atlanta, so far in the first round.
Julius Randle collected 12 rebounds in the win, while RJ Barrett and Alec Burks had 8 rebounds each. Scoring, on the other hand, was led by Derrick Rose, who showed his offensive prowess after scoring 26 points along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
This is Randle’s first time in the playoffs, so we expect a period of adjustment for him. He had a relatively quiet first two games, and the Knicks can only hope that he gets to grips with the pressure along the way. If so, the Hawks have to prepare for all sorts of trouble once he is at his best as seen in the regular season.
Why Bet on the Atlanta Hawks?
The Hawks outplayed the Knicks in the first half of Game 1, before falling apart in the final two quarters. In recent games, we’ve seen that the Hawks can set the tempo early on, but are prone to taking their foot off the throttle during the second half.
As it stands, the team has the slight edge in field goal percentage at 42% as opposed to the Knicks’ 41.5%. This small number can be the difference in Game 3, which is why they have to capitalize on this slight advantage every chance they get. Moreover, there’s still room for improvement beyond the arc as they only record a 30.8% three-point shooting.
Recent results only show us that Trae Young is a force to be reckoned with. The guard recorded 30 points and 7 assists in Game 2 and was responsible for the winning shot in Game 1. Capela only had four points in Game 2 but snared 12 rebounds. He doesn’t have to score a lot. As long as he’s bothering shots at the rim by the Knicks and controlling rebounds, he’s already doing his job.
Knicks vs. Hawks Betting Trends
- The Knicks are 5-5 in their last 10 away games.
- The Knicks are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 away games.
- The totals have gone under 7 times in the Knicks’ last 10 games.
- The Hawks are 10-0 in their last 10 home games.
- The Hawks are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
- The totals have gone under 3 times in the Hawks’ last 5 games against the Knicks.
Knicks vs. Hawks Expert Betting Prediction
Now that the Knicks are back to their winning ways, they come in as the favored team in game 3 of the Knicks vs. Hawks series. Their winning chances heavily rely on the combination of Julius Randle and RJ Barrett. In contrast, the Hawks aren’t far behind as evident in their first game. If they can keep their role players healthy and 100%, they have a shot at covering the spread and a the same time take the 2-1 series lead.
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