NBA Playoffs -- Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Game 2 Pick and Prediction

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NBA Playoffs -- Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks

Play Time: Tuesday,Jun 8 2021 19:30

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NBA Playoffs -- Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Game 2 Pick and Prediction

 

The Atlanta Hawks will look to take a surprise 2-0 lead when they play the 1st-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals in the 2021 NBA playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday.

 

The Hawks upset the 76ers in Game 1, thanks to Trae Young and co. starting the game all guns blazing and helping the team take a gigantic lead in the first quarter. The Philadelphia 76ers had Joel Embiid back in the lineup, but careless turnovers cost them the series opener.

 

 

NBA Playoffs -- Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Game 2 Pick and Prediction

 

 

Philadelphia 76ers 

The Philadelphia 76ers were sloppy and came out with no sense of urgency. It seemed as if they assumed they would get an easy win against the 5th-seeded Atlanta Hawks, with Embiid back in the lineup. The Philadelphia 76ers won 29 of their 36 home games during the regular season and eliminated Washington in five games during the first round. In the series opener, Philadelphia outscored Atlanta by 12 points in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to two in the final minute.  The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 124 points on 51.7 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 46.7 percent shooting. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game.

 

 

NBA Playoffs -- Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Game 2 Pick and Prediction

 

Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks came out all guns blazing in Game 1. They shot 72% from the field in the first 15 minutes of the game and took a massive 26-point lead. The 76ers were left scratching and clawing their way out of the deficit the entire game. The fifth-seeded Hawks knocked down 20-for-47 from long distance and shot 51 percent overall. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 108 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.5 points on 42.2 percent shooting. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. 

 

Prediction

The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to enter Game 2 with a chip on their shoulders. They cannot afford to lose another game at home and head to Atlanta down 0-2, so the 76ers are expected to be extra aggressive in scoring and defense.

 

Ben's Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -5

 

 

 

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