Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers – NBA April 28

Hawks (34-28, 16-17 road) at 76ers (40-21, 23-7 home)

  • Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
  • Place: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • TV: Bally Sports Southeast | NBC Sports Philadelphia | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The 76ers entertain the Hawks in the first of two between the squads as the second game will be played on Friday.

Atlanta has won four out of its last six although the Hawks lost a perplexing 100-86 decision in Detroit on Monday night. It was the second game of a back to back and it came on the heels on a thrilling 111-104 win over Milwaukee on Sunday which was one of the best games of the season for the injured Hawks.

Philadelphia ended a four-game losing streak on Monday as the 76ers destroyed Oklahoma City, 121-90. The Sixers had two losses to the Bucks before the OKC win, so it seems that Philly should be back on point moving forward with the players getting healthy and coming back in to get ready for the playoffs.

The Sixers are 1.5 games behind the Eastern Conference leading Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta is still in a fourth-place tie with the Knicks as they both are two games ahead of Boston and Miami.

Key Injuries

  • Atlanta HawksBrandon Goodwin (ankle) – Questionable; Kevin Huerter (shoulder) – Doubtful; De’Andre Hunter (knee), Cam Reddish (Achilles); Tony Snell (ankle), Trae Young (ankle) – OUT
  • Philadelphia 76ersMike Scott (hip) – Day to Day

Trends

Hawks (34-27-1, ATS):

  • The Hawks check in at 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta’s last 9 games
  • Atlanta is 6-1 ATS in it’s last 7 games against the 76ers

76ers (31-26-3, ATS):

  • The 76ers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 9 of the 76ers’ last 12 outings
  • The total has gone over in 5 of Philly’s last 7 vs. Atlanta

Last Time Out

Atlanta never repaired and moved forward after it’s win over Milwaukee on Sunday as the Hawks suffered a 100-86 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. The Hawks only shot 39.4 percent from the floor and made only 4-of-27 three-point shots in the loss.

Philadelphia had no problems with OKC in steamrolling the Thunder, 121-90. Joel Embiid had 21 points and Ben Simmons posted 12 after his return from a four-game absence due to an infection.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Hawks +8 (-110) +270 O 215 (-110)
76ers -8 (-110) -330 U 215 (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Advantage, Atlanta

Atlanta Hawks LogoWith the injury count as high as it has ever been, the Hawks are going to look to the paint and try to challenge Joel Embiid with the post play of Clint Capela and John Collins as the duo offers different styles and will make Philadelphia make choices in how to guard. Collins shoots 55.1 percent from the floor while Capela averages 15.5 points and 14.7 rebounds per game. If Atlanta gets clean playmaking, then Danilo Gallinari (13.5 ppg, 40.3%-3) and Bogdan Bogdanović (15.2 ppg, 41.9%-3) can make this interesting on the perimeter.

Key Hawks Stat:

Bogdanović is streaking through this portal of the season as he has scored at least 10 points in his last 16 games. He comes off a team-high 17 points in 36 minutes in the loss to the Pistons and his 66 made three here in April lead the Eastern Conference.

Hawks Fact:

Collins is seeing lots of scoring opportunities of late and he is converting. He has averaged 17.5 points per game over his last four outings where he has shot 64.4 percent and 40 percent from three. He scored 14 points in the loss to the Pistons as he was 6-of-8 from the floor and had eight rebounds.

Advantage, Philly

Philadelphia 76ers LogoIt looks like coach Doc Rivers will have a full complement of 76ers for this evening’s game against the Hawks. Of course, Joel Embiid is the focal point as he is averaging 29.4 points and 10.4 rebounds over his last five contests. The Hawks’ interior defense allows 53.6 percent from the floor (21st/NBA), so Embiid, despite Capela’s shot-blocking prowess could have a big night in the paint. Tobias Harris is a stretch-4 or swingman role will loosen the inside as he should draw Collins out of the paint on defense.

Key 76ers Stat:

Seth Curry (12.0 ppg, 42.2%-3) will be a major problem for opposing defenses if he stays healthy and can stay on the floor with his three-ball and mid-range prowess. The 76ers do not take as many threes with Embiid, but they do make 37 percent, 13th in the Association, while Atlanta allows only 34.8 percent from the field.

76ers Fact:

Depth and shortening the rotation are keys and that has become as big of a problem as ever, especially with so many players able to pick up in the role of a third scorer and continually hit the three. Philadelphia has had three straight games where the bench has scored at least 58 points. Tyrese Maxey was the leader on Monday as he had 11 points and four assists in scoring in double figures in his fifth straight game.

Winner: Sixers 112, Hawks (+8) 106

The Bets
Atlanta Hawks +8
-110
Philadelphia 76ers
-330
OVER 215
-110
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