Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks - 6/18/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks - 6/18/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks (48-34) vs Philadelphia 76ers (55-27)

Game Info: Friday, June 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm (State Farm Arena)

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The Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks meet in game six of their Eastern Conference semi-final series in NBA action from the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.

The Philadelphia 76ers will look to bounce back after a 109-106 loss to the Hawks that saw Philadelphia give up a 26-point 3rd-quarter lead on the way to the loss. Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 37 points on 12 of 20 shooting with an 11 of 13 mark from the foul line and 13 rebounds for the double-double with 5 assists. Seth Curry added 36 points on 13 of 19 shooting with 7 triples and 7 rebounds as the only other double-digit scorer for the 76ers in the losing effort. Ben Simmons also had a team-high 9 assists while shooting just 4 of 14 from the foul line in the loss. Embiid leads the Sixers in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double per game with 28.4 PPG and 10.2 RPG while Tobias Harris is averaging 21.3 PPG and 8.3 RPG. Seth Curry has 18.6 PPG and Ben Simmons is contributing 13.2 PPG with 7.8 RPG and a team-high 8.8 APG this postseason. As a team, Philadelphia is averaging 115 PPG on 51.2% shooting from the field, 42.1% from three and 65.2% from the foul line while allowing 110.6 PPG on 45.1% shooting from the field and 34.9% from three in their last five games.

The Atlanta Hawks will look to build on their win over Philadelphia from their last matchup. Trae Young led the way with 39 points on 10 of 23 shooting with a 17 of 19 mark from the foul line and a team-high 7 assists while John Collins and Lou Williams each had 19 points with Collins shooting 7 of 12 with 3 threes and 11 rebounds for the double-double while Williams shot 7 of 11 from the field. Danilo Gallinari added 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 3 threes to cap off the scoring in double figures for the Hawks in the victory. Young leads the Hawks in scoring and assists with 29.4 PPG and 10.3 APG while Bogdan Bogdanovic has 15.4 PPG and 5.6 RPG. John Collins has 14.6 PPG and 7.4 RPG and Danilo Gallinari’s adding 11.7 PPG in the postseason to make up Atlanta’s scoring in double figures. Clint Capela is also averaging a team-high 12.2 RPG in the playoffs. As a team, Atlanta is averaging 110.6 PPG on 45.1% shooting from the field, 34.9% from three and 84.2% from the foul line while allowing 115 PPG on 51.2% shooting from the field and 42.1% from three in their last five games.

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Philadelphia is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games as a road favorite while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. Atlanta is 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall while the over is 9-1 in their last 10 Friday games. Philadelphia is 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Atlanta.

I get the case that could be made for either side here as last game was the first time that the Sixers had lost back-to-back playoff games all playoffs, but while the narrative has been that there’s questioning if this Hawks team has a killer instinct to close out this series, I think the Hawks have a swagger that’s on the same level as that killer instinct while it’s not exactly the same. I look for Atlanta and the home crowd to fuel the Hawks here and to help Atlanta secure a massive victory to close out the set. I’ll take the free bucket with the Hawks to be safe though.

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