(1) Philadelphia 76ers (2-3) at (5) Atlanta Hawks (3-2)
- Time: 4:30PM PST – 6:30PM CST – 7:30PM EST
- Place: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
- TV: ESPN
The amazing happened in Game 5 on Wednesday night in the Atlanta Hawks’ dramatic 109-106 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Atlanta Hawks seemed about as finished as any team that trailed by 26 on the road in the playoffs. Philadelphia must have through so as well because they seemed to settle with an 83-58 lead with 3:19 to play in the third quarter.
Opponents sense when opponents relax and trailing 87-69 after three, Trae Young and Lou Williams heated up interminably with 13 each in the fourth quarter as Atlanta shot 72.7 percent from the floor and outscored Philly, 40-19 in the fourth, to put the 76ers on the brink in tonight’s Game 6.
Young once again was money from the free-throw line as he made all five of his foul shots in the last 1:26. The first three gave Atlanta the lead for good at 105-104.
Joel Embiid missed a pair with 10.9 seconds remaining which would have cut the Hawks’ lead to107-106.
Injuries to Key Contributors
- Philadelphia 76ers – Danny Green (calf) – OUT
- Atlanta Hawks – De’Andre Hunter (knee); Cam Reddish (Achilles) – OUT; Trae Young (shoulder) – Probable
76ers (43-34-4, ATS):
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of the Sixers’ last 12 games
- Philly is 2-4 ATS in it’s last 6 road games
- The 76ers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in Atlanta
Hawks (45-35-1, ATS):
- Atlanta is 9-3 ATS in it’s last 12 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the Hawks’ last 13 games
- The Hawks are 14-1 SU in their last 15 games at home
Reinventing a mentality to finish off a game might be the first place to start with the 76ers after Game 5. The problem here would be if Atlanta gets off to a quick start and can control the game from the beginning. The 76ers need a vintage Tobias Harris performance after he struggled in Game 5 with only four points as he went 2-of-11 from the field for four points in 38 minutes. The other shooting issue is with Ben Simmons on the free-throw line as he is 12-for-39 in this series and has missed 45 in the playoffs.
Key 76ers Stat:
Joel Embiid couldn’t get his groove back once the third quarter ended as he finished with 37 points and was in control of the entire floor for much of three quarters. Embiid was 1-of-5 from the field in the fourth quarter with six points. Even more alarming for the 76ers was the fact of how well Seth Curry played in scoring 36 of his own, but 76ers other than Embiid or Curry were 10-of-36 from the field, scoring 33 points. It’s all hands on deck this evening or otherwise, the Sixers are headed to the house.
Getting that output out of Curry again might be tough considering how Atlanta will adjust more to him as shooters can carry rolls over several games. He is 22-of-38 and riding on a crest of confidence and emotion. Curry needs another 76er to roll with him from the outside with Embiid not letting up his play at any point on either end of the floor.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|76ers||-3 (-110)||-150||O 221.5 (-110)|
|Hawks||+3 (-110)||+130||U 221.5 (-110)|
Trae Young will bring his game for the duration as he has averaged 29.6 points and 10.8 assists in this series. The Hawks are going to put a plethora of three-point shooters on the floor with Young as Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari join Kevin Huerter as viable options and examples of players who can get hot and that loosens up Young and makes it easier to find his way to the basket and capitalize on his floaters or get to the line. Huerter looks for a bounce-back performance as he was 0-for-7 and didn’t score in 29 minutes.
Key Hawks Stat:
Atlanta outscored Philadelphia 39-13 off the bench on Wednesday night with Gallinari’s 16 points and 15 from Lou Williams. Elias Sports Bureau noted that Williams’ (+31) rating was the best for a Hawk since Steve Smith registered a (+30) in 1998 and Thabo Sefolosha did the same in 2016.
Philly only has one counter and that is Shake Milton as Matisse Thybulle may get more minutes, but he’s a defensive stopper. Milton has struggled in the series and in the playoffs as he has averaged only 7.8 points in the series.
John Collins has been a major factor in this series as his 19 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday night was his second double-double in a row. He was 7-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Collins is a tough cover because of how he can use his inside-outside talents to manipulate a defense based on what Atlanta is trying to get offensively. Collins has averaged 17.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in the playoffs while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and 39.3 percent from three.
Winner: Hawks (+3) 107, Sixers 104