New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks - 5/28/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

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

Game Info: Friday, May 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm (State Farm Arena)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Hawks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 210 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks duke it out in a pivotal Game 3 at the State Farm Arena on Friday night.

The New York Knicks needed to bounce back after falling painfully short in the series opener and they did just that as they ran down the Hawks in a 101-92 home win in Game 2 on Wednesday. Derrick Rose led the team with 26 points and four assists off the bench, Julius Randle scored 15 points with 12 rebounds and four assists while Reggie Bullock chipped in with 15 points on five of eight shooting. As a team, the Knicks shot just 38 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get going and found themselves trailing by as many as 15 points, before clamping down defensively in the second half where they held the Hawks to just 35 points. Julius Randle struggled to score once again as he shot just five of 16 from the field.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks will be kicking themselves after missing out on a massive chance to go up 2-0 in the series going back home. Trae Young had his shot going once again as he led the team with 30 points and seven assists on 11 of 20 shooting, DeAndre Hunter and Bogdan Bogdanovic each scored 18 points while Kevin Huerter chipped in with 10 points off the bench. As a team, the Hawks shot 46 percent from the field in the first half as they stormed out to a 15-point lead, before going ice-cold in the second half where the Hawks’ role players really struggled. Danilo Gallinari had a night to forget as he scored just six points on two of 10 shooting.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Knicks are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games, 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a winning record and 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Hawks are 23-9 ATS in their last 32 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games.

Head to head, the over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings overall, the Knicks are 18-7-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Atlanta and the Knicks are 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall.

The Hawks looked to be in complete control in Game 2 with a 15-point lead, but they weren’t able to find any offense when it mattered most as the Knicks swarmed on the Hawks’ Trae Young in the second half. The Knicks suffered another slow start as they came out tentative and quickly found themselves behind early, but that didn’t phase Derrick Rose who played good enough in the first half, to be inserted into the starting lineup in the second half which proved to be a key adjustment from coach Thibodeau. Julius Randle has yet to really find his footing in this series, but I think he finally comes good on the road and away from the hype of the home fans. I think the Hawks come out firing again, but I’m backing the Knicks’ defense to be the difference in a close one.

 

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