NBA Playoff Match Preview -- Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Game 1

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NBA Playoffs -- Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Game 1

Play Time: Sunday,Jun 6 2021 13:00

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NBA Playoffs -- Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlantaa Hawks Game 1 Pick and Prediction

 

The Philadelphia 76ers will welcome the Atlanta Hawks to the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday for Game 1 of their highly anticipated 2020-21 NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals matchup.

 

Both teams are coming off emphatic wins in the first round. The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Bradley Beal-led Washington Wizards 4-1, while the Atlanta Hawks beat the New York Knicks by the same scoreline.

 

 

 

NBA Playoffs -- Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlantaa Hawks Game 1 Pick and Prediction

 

Philadelphia 76ers 

Philadelphia 76ers defeated Washington 4-1 and their best-of-seven series in the opening round. Philadelphia finished first in the Eastern Conference and during the regular season versus Atlanta was 2-1. The Philadelphia 76ers will rely on their resolute defense to negotiate the Atlanta Hawks' offense. They finished the regular season with the second-best defense, averaging six blocks and nine steals per game. The Philadelphia 76ers' fortunes will largely depend on the availability of Joel Embiid, as the MVP candidate is nursing a meniscus tear. He didn't feature in Game 5 of the first round, but the 76ers were able to win in his absence and set up a semi-final clash with the Atlanta Hawks.

 

 

NBA Playoffs -- Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlantaa Hawks Game 1 Pick and Prediction

 

Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks could be a threat on the boards for the Philadelphia 76ers, as they finished fifth in rebounds per game during the regular season. The Atlanta Hawks were mighty impressive in their first-round win against the New York Knicks, clinically getting things done at both ends of the floor. Frontcourt players Clint Capela and John Collins have been a menace on the glass. Thanks to their prowess on the offensive boards, they have conjured second opportunities aplenty for teammates. The Hawks offense, led by Trae Young, managed an offensive rating of 111.8 and an effective field goal percentage (eFG) of 51.9. 

 

Prediction

Even if Joel Embiid fails to get healthy for Game 1, the Philadelphia 76ers will be the favorites to win the game. They are virtually impenetrable in defense, and Simmons and Harris have enough firepower to carry them to a win in the Cameroonian's absence.

 

Mike's Tips: Philadelphia 76ers -3 

 

 

 

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