The Philadelphia 76ers host the Atlanta Hawks for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday evening in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. The Sixers aim to even the series after a Game 1 loss on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead on the road following an upset win behind Trae Young's sensational performance in the opener. De'Andre Hunter (knee) is questionable for Atlanta after missing Game 1, with Joel Embiid (knee) officially listed as questionable for Philadelphia.
Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET in Philadelphia. The latest Sixers vs. Hawks odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Philadelphia as a six-point favorite. The over-under for total points is set at 224. Before finalizing any Hawks vs. Sixers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Hawks vs. 76ers spread: 76ers -6
- Hawks vs. 76ers over-under: 224 points
- Hawks vs. 76ers money line: 76ers -270, Hawks +230
- ATL: The Hawks are 7-1 against the spread in the last eight games
- PHL: The 76ers are 5-3 against the spread in the last eight games
Why the Hawks can cover
Embiid is an MVP finalist but an argument could be made that the Hawks had the best player on the floor in Game 1 in Young. Young dominated the first half as Atlanta built a large lead, and he finished the game with 35 points and 10 assists. For the playoffs, Young is averaging 30.2 points and 9.8 assists per game, and Philadelphia was forced to notably alter its defensive scheme in an attempt to slow him.
Elsewhere, the Hawks have one of the NBA's best anchors in Clint Capela, who averaged 15.2 points and a league-leading 14.3 rebounds per game in the regular season. Atlanta posted a sky-high 67.2 percent true shooting mark in Game 1 and, even if that falls, the Hawks were able to garner defensive stops after forcing a bundle of turnovers in the first half. For the season, the Hawks have been an above-average defensive team with Capela on the floor and, through a playoff lens, Atlanta ranks as a top-three defense in allowing fewer than 1.05 points per possession in their six postseason games.
Why the Sixers can cover
Philadelphia lost Game 1, but the first half might have been an outlier. The 76ers had major turnover issues before halftime, gifting the Hawks a lead that grew to as many as 26 points, and Philadelphia's bench collapsed. Still, the Sixers are top seed for a reason, and they have out-scored opponents by more than 10 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs. Philadelphia is scoring 120.4 points per 100 possessions on the offensive end, generating more than two assists for every turnover and posting a 60.9 percent true shooting mark.
Embiid was dominant in Game 1, scoring 39 points in 38 minutes, and Philadelphia can still rely on a top-tier defense. The 76ers were No. 2 in the NBA in defensive rating this season, yielding only 1.07 points per possession, and they are were a top-three team in turnover creation rate (15.4 percent), steals (9.1 per game), blocks (6.2 per game) and 2-point shooting allowed (51.0 percent). Adjustments will be needed after Game 1, but the 76ers were also the best home team in the Eastern Conference this season and they likely understand this is a virtual must-win situation.
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