NBA Match Preview: New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks

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NBA -- New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks

Play Time: Sunday,May 23 2021 19:00

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The New York Knicks will mark their return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

 

 

NBA Playoffs -- New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks Preview from Ben Clarkson

 

New York Knicks

Both teams finished the regular season with a 41-31 record, but the New York Knicks clinched fourth place as the head-to-head stats favored them. The Knicks were perhaps the most improved team after the All-Star weekend and ended the season with a 7-3 run. On Sunday, New York clinched the number four seed in the Eastern Conference with a 96-92 home victory versus Boston. The New York Knicks are averaging 107 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 104.7 points on 44 percent shooting. The New York Knicks are shooting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game.

 

 

NBA Playoffs -- New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks Preview from Ben Clarkson

 

Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks had an incredible year - finishing with a winning record for the first time since the 2016-17 season. They ended on a 7-3 run as well, with notable wins against the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards. On Sunday, built an 18-point halftime lead and cruised to a 124-95 home victory versus lowly Houston. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 113.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting.The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game.

 

Prediction

The Atlanta Hawks versus the New York Knicks will be one of the most intriguing first-round matchups in the playoffs this season. Although things are different come the playoffs, the regular season sweep may prove to be an early confidence boost for the New York Knicks.

 

NBA Free Pick: New York Knicks -1

 

 

 

 

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