New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 5/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+4)
The Atlanta Hawks (41-31) play the New York Knicks (41-31) at State Farm Arena on Friday in Game 3 of their series. The series is tied 1-1. The odds on this contest have Atlanta as 4-point favorites. The O/U is set at 210.
The Knicks went home with a win by a final score of 101-92 in Game 2. New York ended the contest with a 38.3% field goal percentage (36 out of 94) and buried 12 of their 33 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Knicks converted 17 of their 23 attempts for a percentage of 73.9%. Concerning grabbing boards, they earned 54 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 15 assists for the matchup while forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and having 8 steals. When it comes to the defense, New York allowed the other team to shoot 36.9% from the field on 31 of 84 shooting. Atlanta recorded 17 assists and had 5 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Atlanta totaled 41 rebounds (6 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Atlanta ended up going 81.8% from the charity stripe by knocking down 18 of 22 attempts. They also converted 12 out of their 44 attempts from three-point range.
Julius Randle is a guy who was a major factor in this matchup. He notched 15 points on 5 out of 16 shooting. He played 36:21 minutes played and also pulled down 12 boards. Randle finished the game shooting 31.3% from the floor and earned 4 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Knicks was Reggie Bullock. He grabbed 4 rebounds in 31:25 min on the basketball court. He went 62.5% from the field for the matchup by going 5-of-8 (15 points). In all, Bullock had accumulated 1 assist.
New York comes into this one with a win-loss record of 41-31 for the season. The Knicks are connecting on 39.2% on three-point shots (847 of 2,163) and 78.4% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 107.0 pts per game (26th in the NBA) while going 45.6% from the floor. They turn the ball over 12.9 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 20.5 fouls every game. As a team, New York is pulling down 45.1 boards per contest and has accounted for 1,541 dimes on the year, which is 29th in basketball in terms of passing. On defense, the Knicks are forcing their opponents into 12.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.9 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 33.7% on 3-point shots and they are 1st in basketball in points per game allowed (104.7). The Knicks defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 44.0% (2,730 of 6,209) and they relinquish 44.1 rebounds per contest as a unit. They currently rank 6th in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,696 relinquished this year.
In their Game 2 loss, the Hawks were able to snag 35 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 41 in the matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while recording 5 steals for the game. The Knicks were called for 20 fouls in the game which took the Hawks to the free throw line for 22 tries. They were able to make 18 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 81.8%. In relation to 3-point shots, Atlanta made 12 out of 44 tries (27.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Hawks shot 31 for 84 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.9%. The Hawks permitted the Knicks to convert 36 of their 94 attempts from the field which had them shooting 38.3% for the game. They went 36.4% from distance by going 12 of 33 and finished the contest at 17 out of 23 from the free throw line (73.9%). In relation to team rebounding, Atlanta permitted New York to get 54 in total (13 offensive).
Trae Young was important for the Hawks in the matchup. He made 11 out of 20 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 55.0%, and had 1 rebound. Young tallied 30 points in his 35:29 mins on the court and had 7 assists for the matchup. One more player who came through for Atlanta was Bogdan Bogdanovic. He wrapped the game up with 3 dimes in his 35:29 minutes on the hardwood, and he put in 8 of 21 from the floor. Bogdanovic walked away from this one going 38.1% from the floor while contributing 18 points and 6 total rebounds.
Atlanta has a win-loss record of 41-31 this year. The Hawks commit 19.3 fouls per contest while shooting 81.2% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 24.1 times per game (19th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 13.2 times per game. Atlanta has totaled 8,186 points this year (113.7 per contest) and they pull down 45.6 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Hawks are shooting 46.8% from the floor, which is ranked 17th in basketball. The Hawks are ranked 12th in the league in points given up per game with 111.4. The Atlanta defense surrenders 34.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (858 of 2,460) and opponents are connecting on 80.3% of their free throw shots. They surrender 24.4 assists and 42.7 total boards per game, which has them ranked 11th and 8th in the league. They are forcing 12.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.3% from the floor (12th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New York (+4)
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