Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks Prediction, 5/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+2.5)
The Atlanta Hawks (41-31) go to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday where they'll meet the New York Knicks (41-31) in Game 2 of their series. New York opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 214.
The Hawks earned the victory with a final of 107-105 in Game 1 after Trae Young hit a floater with under a second remaining. Atlanta finished with a 46.7% FG percentage (42 out of 90) and made 12 out of their 34 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Hawks knocked down 11 of 12 attempts for a percentage of 91.7%. When discussing grabbing boards, they collected a total of 42 with 7 of them being offensive. They also distributed 17 assists in this contest as well as forcing 11 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In reference to the defense, Atlanta allowed the other team to shoot 44.7% from the field on 42 out of 94 shooting. New York doled out 21 dimes and had 3 steals for the contest. Additionally, New York grabbed 49 rebounds (13 offensive, 36 defensive) and had 7 rejections. New York finished the game at 73.3% at the free throw line by converting 11 of their 15 tries. They also converted 10 of 30 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Trae Young is someone who had an impact in this contest. He ended up with 32 points on 11 of 23 shooting. He played 35:17 minutes played and snagged 7 boards. Young went 47.8% from the field and distributed 10 assists. One more player that came through in this game for the Hawks was Bogdan Bogdanovic. He grabbed 4 rebounds in 33:36 min on the court. He finished the game shooting 46.7% from the floor for this contest by shooting 7-of-15 (18 points). When the final whistle blew, Bogdanovic had 2 assists.
Atlanta comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 41-31 this season. The Hawks are hitting 37.3% on 3-point shots (895 of 2,402) and 81.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 113.7 points per contest (13th in the NBA) while hitting 46.8% from the field. They turn it over 13.2 times per game and as a unit they commit 19.3 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Atlanta is snagging 45.6 boards per game and has racked up 1,737 assists for the season, which has them ranked 19th in basketball in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Hawks have forced 12.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.8 fouls. They are currently ranked 11th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,754 conceded on the campaign. The Hawks are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.3% (886 of 1,422) and they surrender 42.7 boards per game as a unit. They relinquish 34.9% on shots from downtown and they rank 12th in the NBA in opponents points per game (111.4).
In their Game 1 loss, the Knicks were able to collect 36 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 49 in the game. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while earning 3 steals for the game. The Hawks earned 13 fouls for the game which took the Knicks to the free throw line for 15 shots. They were able to bury 11 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 73.3%. Regarding three-point shots, New York knocked down 10 of their 30 tries (33.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Knicks shot 42 for 94 from the field which had them shooting 44.7%. The Knicks allowed the Hawks to make 42 of their 90 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.7% for the game. They shot 35.3% from three-point range by going 12 out of 34 and finished the game at 11 out of 12 at the free throw line (91.7%). In reference to cleaning the glass, New York permitted Atlanta to collect 42 in total (7 offensive).
Julius Randle ended up having an impact for the Knicks in this contest. He knocked down 6 of 23 for this game giving him a rate of 26.1%, and added 12 rebounds. Randle earned 15 points in his 36:09 minutes of playing time and had 4 dimes in the game. An additional guy who came through for New York was RJ Barrett. He wrapped the game up with 1 assist in 32:02 mins played, and he converted 6 out of 15 from the floor. Barrett finished going 40.0% from the floor while also collecting 14 points and 11 rebounds.
New York has a mark of 41-31 for the season. The Knicks have committed 20.5 personal fouls every game and they shoot 78.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 21.4 times per contest (29th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 12.9 times per game. New York has 7,706 pts so far this season (107.0 per game) and they pull down 45.1 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Knicks are connecting on 45.6% from the floor, which has them ranked 21st in the league. The Knicks on the defensive end are ranked 1st in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 104.7. They are able to force 12.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.0% from the field (1st in the NBA). The New York defense allows 33.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (864 of 2,565) and their opponents are making 76.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 23.6 dimes and 44.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 6th and 16th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York (-2.5)
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