Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks Prediction, 6/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+2.5)
Madison Square Garden is the site where and the New York Knicks (41-31) will play the Atlanta Hawks (41-31) on Wednesday in Game 5 of their series. Atlanta leads 3-1. New York opens this contest as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 208.5.
The Hawks walked away with a win by a score of 113-96 in Game 4. Atlanta ended the contest having earned a 43.9% field goal percentage (36 of 82) and buried 15 of 39 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Hawks made 26 of their 28 shots for a percentage of 92.9%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 48 with 9 of them being offensive. They also doled out 24 dimes for the contest in addition to forcing 9 turnovers and getting 4 steals. In reference to the defense, Atlanta allowed the other team to shoot 42.0% from the floor on 34 of 81 shooting. New York recorded 24 dimes and had 7 steals in the game. In addition, New York grabbed 39 rebounds (6 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. New York finished 82.6% from the charity stripe by burying 19 of 23 attempts. They also buried 9 of 29 attempts from long range.
Trae Young is someone who played a role for this game. He ended up scoring 27 points on 9 out of 21 shooting. He played for 33:12 mins played and pulled down 1 rebound. Young shot 42.9% from the field and totaled 9 assists. An additional guy that came through in the matchup for the Hawks was John Collins. He grabbed 8 rebounds in his 28:35 minutes played. He ended up shooting 60.0% from the field in this game by shooting 6-of-10 (22 points). Overall, Collins earned 1 assist.
Atlanta enters this game with a record of 41-31 this year. They average 113.7 pts per game (13th in basketball) while hitting 46.8% from the field. The Hawks are connecting on 37.3% on shots from 3-point land (895 of 2,402) and 81.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Atlanta is grabbing 45.6 boards per game and has tallied 1,737 assists on the year, which is 19th in the NBA in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 13.2 times per game and as a group they are committing 19.3 fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Hawks are able to force 12.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.8 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 34.9% on 3-pointers while they are 12th in basketball in points per game allowed (111.4). The Hawks defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.3% (886 of 1,422) and they relinquish 42.7 boards per contest as a team. They rank 11th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,754 conceded so far this year.
In their Game 4 loss, the Knicks earned 33 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for the contest. They coughed up the ball 9 times, while earning 7 steals for this contest. The Hawks committed 22 fouls for the matchup which got the Knicks to the charity stripe for a total of 23 tries. They were able to make 19 of the free throw tries for a clip of 82.6%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, New York made 9 of 29 tries (31.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Knicks shot 34 out of 81 from the field which had them sitting at 42.0%. The Knicks permitted the Hawks to knock down 36 of 82 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.9% in this matchup. They went 38.5% from downtown via 15 of 39 and walked away from this one shooting 26 of 28 from the free throw line (92.9%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, New York permitted Atlanta to pull down 48 in all (9 on the offensive glass).
Julius Randle was important for the Knicks in the game. He buried 7 of 19 for the matchup giving him a rate of 36.8%, and had 10 rebounds. Randle accumulated 23 points in his 35:41 minutes on the court and had 7 dimes in the game. One more player who was a determining factor for New York was RJ Barrett. He left the arena with 4 dimes in 35:33 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 8 out of 15 from the floor. Barrett finished going 53.3% from the floor while contributing 21 points and 6 rebounds.
New York has a record of 41-31 for the year. New York has scored 7,706 points on the season (107.0 per game) and they pull down 45.1 rebounds per contest. The Knicks are responsible for committing 20.5 personal fouls per game and they go 78.4% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Knicks are connecting on 45.6% from the field, which has them ranked 21st in basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 21.4 times per game (29th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.9 times per game. The Knicks defensively are ranked 1st in the NBA in PPG given up with 104.7. The New York defense gives up 33.7% on three-point shots (864 of 2,565) and opponents are making 76.1% of their foul shots. They allow 23.6 dimes and 44.1 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 6th and 16th in the league. They have forced 12.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 44.0% from the floor (1st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York (-2.5)
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