Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks - 5/26/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks - 5/26/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks (41-32) vs Atlanta Hawks (42-31)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Knicks -2 -- Over/Under: 212.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks meet Wednesday in game two of the NBA East Playoffs at Madison Square Garden.

The Atlanta Hawks look for another road upset to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 107 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Trae Young is averaging 32 points and seven rebounds while Bogdan Bogdanovic is averaging 18 points and four rebounds. Lou Williams is the third double-digit scorer and John Collins is grabbing seven rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 91.7 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game.

The New York Knicks need a bounce back performance to even up this series at 1-1. The New York Knicks are averaging 105 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Alec Burks is averaging 27 points and four assists while Derrick Rose is averaging 17 points and five rebounds. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and RJ Barrett is grabbing 11 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49 rebounds per game.

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The Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. The Knicks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Hawks last 4 overall. The under is 5-1 in Knicks last 6 overall. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New York and 1-6-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Atlanta Hawks are probably the better and more talented team in this series, so getting a free bucket with them is where the value is at. However, the New York Knicks are built for playoff success, as they have the more experience and get after it defensively. It's not always pretty, but the Knicks ability to grind out games and play physical ball gives them a chance against a younger Hawks club. I'm still torn on who wins this series overall, but the Knicks should be able to even things up in front of a nasty crowd at MSG.

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Randy’s Pick New York Knicks -2

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