Hawks vs 76ers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/8/23

Philadelphia 76ers (13-7) vs Atlanta Hawks (9-11)

Game Info: Friday, December 8, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia 76ers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 244.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Philadelphia 76ers play host to the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night. Here’s a 76ers vs Hawks Prediction.

Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have been in a rut as they've lost four of their last seven games overall, but they will be eager to build some momentum after sneaking past the Wizards in a 131-126 road win on Wednesday. Joel Embiid led the team with a season-high 50 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists on 19 of 29 shooting, Tyrese Maxey added 26 points with seven assists while De'Anthony Melton chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the 76ers shot 51 percent from the field and eight of 27 from the 3-point line as they overcame an early 10-point deficit, before they exploded for 39 points in the third quarter to pull ahead and escape with the narrow victory.

Philadelphia 76ers Player Facts

  • Joel Embiid ranks 1st amongst qualified players for points per game (33.1) this season.
  • Nicolas Batum ranks T2nd amongst qualified players for 3P% (50.0%) this season.

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Atlanta Hawks

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have been in a rut as they've lost four of their last five games overall and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting beaten by the Nets in a 114-113 loss on Wednesday. Trae Young led the team with 30 points and nine assists on 11 of 24 shooting, Saddiq Bey added 21 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic provided the spark off the bench with 20 points while Dejounte Murray tallied 13 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists. As a team, the Hawks shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 35 from the 3-point line, but on the defensive end, they just had no answer for the Nets' Mikal Bridges who capped his 32-point night with the game-winner.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The 76ers rank 1st in the league for free throw percentage this season (85.1%).
  • The 76ers rank 1st in the league for free throws made per game this season (23.7).
  • The Hawks rank 1st in the league for steals per game this season (9.1).
  • The Hawks rank 30th in the league for Q1 opponent points per game this season (32.8).

76ers vs Hawks Prediction

The Hawks could be shorthanded for this one as Trae Young is currently listed as questionable, while the 76ers don't have any player listed on the injury report at the moment. The 76ers hit a bit of a lull before Embiid exploded for 50 points in a much-needed win on Wednesday, but the 76ers were far from convincing in their narrow win over the slumping Wizards. The Hawks have been struggling for form, they just lost a heartbreaker to the Nets and they could be missing Young for this one. The line is hefty, but I think the 76ers should have too much firepower at home in this spot.

Peter’s Pick Philadelphia -8.5

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