Hawks vs. Knicks Game 5 Prediction
The Hawks will look to finish off the Knicks on Wednesday night when the two teams meet again at Madison Square Garden. Will New York stave off elimination or will Atlanta cash as a small road dog?
531 Atlanta Hawks (+1.5) at 532 New York Knicks (-1.5); o/u 208
7:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday, June 2, 2021
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Atlanta Hawks DFS Notes
Trae Young hit 9-of-21 shots and four 3-pointers for 27 points, one rebound, nine assists and one steal in Atlanta’s 113-96 win over the Knicks on Sunday to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead in their first-round series. John Collins came through with 22 points, Danilo Gallinari came through with 21 and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 12 points, eight boards, six assists and two steals in the win. The Knicks got chippy near the end and the Hawks have taken complete control of the series. Game 5 is in New York on Wednesday night, when the Hawks will look to close out the series. If not, Game 6 is back in Atlanta on Friday night. The winner of this series will likely face the Sixers, who will look to sweep the Wizards on Monday.
New York Knicks DFS Notes
Julius Randle acknowledged that he needs to play much better in order for the Knicks to win Game 5 Wednesday night and keep their season alive. After a breakout regular season, Randle has come crashing back down to earth in the playoffs, averaging 16.8 points while shooting just 27.4% from the floor and 33.3% from downtown. “I have to be a lot better. I need to continue to be a lot better,” Randle said. “This is all a learning experience. I need to get better individually, we need to get better as a team.” Still, he told reporters he remains confident. “I like our chances,” Randle said about winning the series. “To answer your question, I love our chances.’’
Hawks vs. Knicks Playoffs Prediction
The Hawks are just 3-7-1 against the spread in their last 11 games versus the Knicks and are 1-4 at the betting window in their last five games at Madison Square Garden. They’re also just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven road games, are 3-8 against the number in their last 11 playoff games as an underdog and are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a winning home record. On the other side, the Knicks are 6-01 against the spread in their last seven games playing on two days of rest and are 20-7 at the betting window in their last 27 games as a favorite.
NBA PLAYOFFS PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS -1.5