The Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks resume their series with a pivotal Game 3 in Atlanta. The 76ers will be looking to reclaim home-court advantage while the Hawks attempt to bounce back from a disappointing performance in Game 2.
Below is a look at a number of predictions ahead of Friday night’s game for the Free $5K DraftKings Pools - Playoff Edition (PHI-ATL).
Which team will cover the spread? 76ers -1.5 or Hawks +1.5
The 76ers got their groove back after falling behind early in Game 1. Although they lost the game, the momentum was clearly with Philadelphia heading into Game 2. Expect a close contest in Atlanta, but the 76ers have more talent and Joel Embiid looks healthy.
How many total points? Over/under 223.5
Both opening games were high-scoring contests and neither offense has let up. Expect another monster score in Game 3 and the over to hit.
Which team will reach 30 points first?
The Hawks will come out of the gate strong, but expect the 76ers to keep things close throughout the contest. I expect Ben Simmons to be more aggressive to start off Game 3. Take Philadelphia to reach 30 points.
Which team will make more 3-pointers?
Seth Curry has gotten going for Philly, but the Hawks have more shooters and take a lot more threes. Atlanta is the pick here.
Who will have more points and assists? Ben Simmons or Bogdan Bogdanovic
This may seem insulting to Simmons, but Bogdanovic has been explosive this postseason. Simmons had a dud in Game 2, but he’ll bounce back in Game 3. Take the Philly star here.
Joel Embiid points? Over/under 32.5
Embiid has scored 39 and 40 points in the first two games. There’s no reason to believe he won’t hit similar marks in Atlanta. The Hawks have no answer for him and they didn’t magically find one by returning to their home floor. The over is the play.
Trae Young assists? Over/under 9.5
This is an interesting number. Young is going to take a lot of shots, but he’s averaging 10.0 assists per game in the playoffs. In a high scoring game where the Hawks could get hot from behind the arc, the over is the play.
Which team will win the 4th quarter?
As the spread suggests, this is going to be a close game. The 76ers are the more talented team, but the Hawks do have enough depth and shooting to cause Philadelphia problems, especially in Atlanta. Expect the game to stay close and Philadelphia to have a final push late to win. Take the 76ers to grab the final frame.
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