The No. 1 seed Philadelphia 76ers meet the No. 5 Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the East playoffs after wrapping up their respective opening series in five games. The 76ers may be without star center Joel Embiid, but have enough talent to deal with the up-and-coming Hawks.
Pick ATS: Hawks +3
If Embiid doesn’t suit up, the Hawks will be able to use their strong offensive rebounding ability to generate more opportunities for buckets. Trae Young is on fire entering this series and Atlanta’s perimeter scorers are also heating up. Embiid is a difference maker and the Hawks are a good bet if he can’t play.
Player Prop: Bogdan Bogdanovic U3.5 3-pointers (-167)
Both teams in this matchup defend the three-point line very well, so we will be betting Bogdan Bogdanovic does not reach four 3-pointers here. Philadelphia is allowing 35.7% opponents’ 3-pointers to go down, which is the seventh best in the NBA. Additionally, teams shoot the seventh fewest shots from long range against the 76ers. Bogdanovic has really improved his shot this season, knocking down 43.8% of them, but he will have a tough time making four 3-pointers, something he has done just once in the last four games.
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