Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 10, 2021

Doc Rivers, Joel Embiid, 76ers, 2021

The 76ers have been ice cold in Atlanta as of late, going 0-6 against the spread in the last six games in the Georgia capital..

Philadelphia
49-23
AT
June 11, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
State Farm Arena
Atlanta
41-31
Pointspread -2 -110
Moneyline -135
Over / Under o +225

68%

Betting Action

32%

Pointspread +2 -110
Moneyline +115
Over / Under u +225

68%

Betting Action

32%

The Eastern Conference semifinal series between the 76ers and Hawks is tied 1-1 as it shifts to Atlanta on Friday night for the first time. Despite being on a long home winning streak, the Hawks are 1.5-point underdogs on the NBA odds. The total is 224.5.

76ers vs. Hawks NBA Playoff Odds

Atlanta had taken over as the series betting favourite following a Game 1 upset win in Philadelphia, but with the Sixers taking Game 2 they are now -263 on the series line with the Hawks +190. The favoured series correct score is 76ers in seven at +250, and that’s where this writer is leaning right now. Atlanta in five is the +1000 long shot. That the series ends in six games is a slight +137 favourite over in seven (+140). The correct score after Game 4, which is Monday, is a 2-2 draw at -120.

To win the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia is a +325 second-favourite behind Brooklyn with Atlanta +2500.

The Sixers made one visit to Atlanta in the regular season and it was way back on Jan. 11 – the Hawks rolled 112-94. Trae Young had 26 points and Clint Capela 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Sixers did have star Joel Embiid (24 points, 11 rebounds), but were without a handful of other guys, including Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris, due to injury/COVID.

The Hawks have covered six straight at home in the series.

Philadelphia 76ers

That there was an extra day off between Tuesday’s Game 2 and Friday’s Game 3 should only help Philadelphia superstar Joel Embiid and his bad knee. Embiid learned before Game 2 that he lost out on regular-season MVP, as expected, to Denver’s Nikola Jokic. Embiid took out his frustrations on the Hawks in the 118-102 victory with 40 points and 13 rebounds. Tobias Harris had 22 points and Seth Curry 21, including 5-for-6 from deep.

Shake Milton had barely been playing off the bench of late but provided a spark with 14 points and a plus-15 rating in 14 minutes. That Philly bench was awful in Game 1. Still, there are two reasons for concern for the Sixers: Ben Simmons (four points, 0-for-2 from the free-throw line; he simply can’t shoot from there any longer) and former Raptor Danny Green (five points) continue to struggle on offence. Philadelphia was 1-1 on the road in Round 1 – that loss vs. Washington was when Embiid was unable to play after the first quarter. The Sixers are 2-5 ATS after an against the spread win.

Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks haven’t had arguably their best all-around player in forward D’Andre Hunter yet in this series and the team announced after Game 2 that Hunter was done for the year because of a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. Hunter averaged 15.0 points and 4.8 rebounds during the regular season and is the club’s best perimeter defender. Solomon Hill started again for him in the Game 2 loss but was invisible with zero points and a minus-18 rating in eight minutes. Coach Nate McMillan may be forced to start someone else over Hill.

Trae Young was held somewhat in check in Game 2 with 21 points in shooting just 1-for-7 from deep but did have 11 assists. Clint Capela couldn’t deal with Embiid and was minus-25 in his 28 minutes. The two players with positive plus/minus ratings were reserves Danilo Gallinari (21 points) and Kevin Huerter (20 points). Atlanta won both home games in Round 1 vs. the Knicks and is on an NBA-best 13-game home winning streak overall. The Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their past seven as home dogs.

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