ESPN will host Friday’s first-round NBA playoff matchup between the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks with tip off set for 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will take place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. and will air on MSG in the Knicks market and on Bally Sports SE-ATL in the Hawks market.
If you aren’t around a TV to check out this first round NBA playoff matchup, you can stream the game via WatchESPN or the ESPN app. But keep in mind that you need a cable-login subscription. If you don’t have a cable login to access ESPN for a live stream, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.
The Knicks fought back from a tough 107-105 loss in Game 1 to win Game 2 101-92. Derrick Rose led the way for the Knicks with 26 points off the bench to help level the series. New York will need another strong effort from Rose and the bench to take home-court advantage back.
The Hawks will feel they accomplished enough in two road games to gain an edge in the series. Trae Young continues to dazzle, averaging 31.0 points and 8.5 assists over the first two games. Atlanta’s bench will need to step up in Games 3 and 4. The Hawks have gotten 31 and 22 points respectively from their reserves in the first two contests. Danilo Gallinari, in particular, has struggled. He’s shooting 23.8 percent from the floor in the series.
Atlanta is favored after the first two games, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. The Hawks are -143 to win the series while the Knicks are +118.