76ers vs. Hawks Betting Odds, Picks, Predictions: Game 4 Preview (June 14, 2021)
Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Joel Embiid.
- The 76ers are favored over the Hawks in Game 4 of their NBA Playoffs series on Monday night as Philadelphia looks to take a commanding series lead.
- Since the first half of Game 1, the Hawks have struggled on both ends of the court, with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons coming off big performances in Game 2.
- Kenny Ducey breaks down his 76ers vs. Hawks pick and preview below.
76ers vs. Hawks Odds
|Moneyline||-150 / +130|
|Time||Monday, 7:30 p.m. ET|
|Odds as of Sunday and via PointsBet|
A series that pegged the higher seed as a prime upset candidate is starting to get away from the underdog Atlanta Hawks, and Monday could be the night where the dagger is driven through them.
The Philadelphia 76ers have reasserted their dominance on the defensive end and despite a couple of rather large injuries, they have looked unbothered on both sides of the ball, finding contributions from all over the roster.
Should Game 4 be academic, or will the Hawks improve upon a disappointing couple of games?
Let’s take a look at the numbers and see how this one will go.
Sixers Back in Rhythm After Game 1 Defeat
The period when the Sixers’ bid for the Eastern Conference seemed to be in hot water feels so far away now.
After really one tough half in Game 1, Philadelphia has been its dominant self, running out to a 2-1 series lead over Atlanta. What’s more, all fear surrounding Joel Embiid seems to be gone, with the big man playing more than 34 minutes per game in this series, even though he’s listed as questionable for this one with a partially torn meniscus.
It’d be fair to assume Embiid will suit up on Monday night, but you can always check out the Action Labs injury report for up-to-the-minute news. Danny Green will be out with a right calf strain, and that is the extent of the Sixers’ injuries.
Philadelphia has done what the Knicks were not able to do in the first round against Atlanta: Take advantage of a very weak Hawks defense.
So far in the conference semifinals, the 76ers have scored 123 points per 100 possessions, which rates as the third-best offense out of the eight still in the playoffs. Tobias Harris has been the secondary scoring machine needed to help out Embiid, and in Game 4, Furkan Korkmaz quite easily filled in for Green with 14 points in 27 minutes and a +24.
Philadelphia will get the chance to showcase its exceptional depth in this series as fatigue piles up with its biggest and oft-injured stars, and that group of wings in particular will be looked upon once more in Game 4 for some meaningful contributions.
Atlanta’s Offense Needs To Get Going
Speaking of that defense and that Knicks series, one thing that New York was criticized for was failing to attack Trae Young on the defensive end. Sure, Young has been one of the most electric players this spring on the offensive end, but he’s been a huge liability on the other end of the floor.
In this best-of-seven set, Ben Simmons has found it easy to drive at Young and get to the rim, creating opportunities for others and scoring himself.
Atlanta’s offense has also lagged behind since its explosive first half of Game 1, but that’s to be expected when you’re facing a defense as good as the Sixers. It now has an offensive rating just north of 112 for the series, and the pace has slowed considerably after a ridiculous 107 pace rating in Game 1.
Simply put, the Hawks have been out of their element and are desperately looking for a way to reignite their offense.
Strangely enough, Nate McMillan completely abandoned the 3-point shot in Game 3 with the Hawks taking just 23 — a playoff-low — and hitting six of them on the heels of a decent 11-for-30 performance in Game 2. The 3-pointer has helped get Atlanta to this point, and it’d be wise to start launching again with some of the talent they have on the perimeter.
Entering this series, I was super excited to see Clint Capela battle with Embiid, but I’ve been sorely disappointed thus far. Capela seemed to be the Hawks’ best shot at winning this series, giving them a way to slow one of the most prolific post scorers in all of basketball. That hasn’t worked through three games and if Embiid’s going to continue dominating, this series will only last two more.
Without missing a beat in the wake of Green’s injury, I think the 76ers’ offense should continue to control the tempo of this series and exploit a poor Atlanta defense. Despite what the season-long trends say about the Sixers’ affinity for covering at home and not on the road, they’ve shown in this series (and against Washington) that they’re more than capable of getting it done in enemy territory.
The Sixers should take a stranglehold on this series here.
Pick: Sixers -3