For the second time this week, the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers will go head-to-head, except this time, the bout will be in Philadelphia. See which team I think will cover in this game as I detail my analysis, the projected starting lineups, injury news, and the current odds!
Atlanta Hawks Vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Odds
The Sixers are 3.5-point home favorites at home against the Atlanta Hawks, who got the best of Philly just a few days earlier. James Harden will be unavailable due to that nagging foot injury, while Bogdan Bogdanovic is out for the foreseeable future. Besides those two players, these teams are fairly healthy, so we should get another great look at how they stack up on Saturday night!
Atlanta Hawks Vs. Philadelphia 76ers Prediction
There’s little doubt about it: Atlanta looked like the better team when it played Philly a few days ago. Trae Young again struggled with shooting efficiency but did have a monstrous 15-point first quarter that helped the Hawks get going in the right direction to start the game.
The Hawks finished with six players in double figures for points, including Young, De’Andre Hunter, Clint Capela, Dejounte Murray, John Collins, and Onyeka Okongwu. Still, they did not shoot particularly well from the field (44.3%) or from deep (23.1%.) Luckily, it didn’t matter because the Sixers shot worse than those marks in both categories.
Philly has not resembled a functional basketball team at all. Hopes were high heading into the season after James Harden was able to get healthy this off-season, and the Sixers also brought in P.J. Tucker and De’Anthony Melton. Unfortunately, they have looked much worse so far than last season.
With all of that being said, I’m going to back the Atlanta Hawks +3.5. Atlanta may not win this game, but I highly doubt it gets blown out by a discombobulated Sixers team. Even though Trae Young has a tough matchup, I like the Hawks’ supporting cast a lot more right now. The Hawks should cover but I can see Philly squeaking out a one or two-point win.
- Atlanta is 2-3 ATS on the road in 2022-23
- Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS at home in 2022-23
- The combined over record of these two teams is 12-12 in 2022-23
After just a few days off, we will again revisit this key matchup between Trae Young and the Philadelphia 76ers’ perimeter defense. In the first game, Young had an explosive first quarter, posting 15 points and creating an early lead for Atlanta; however, Young merely scored 11 points in the last three-quarters of the game, further proving that Philly’s perimeter defense can be stifling at times. Take a look at further analysis below to see who will win round two!
Trae Young vs. Philly’s Perimeter Defense: Part 2
Trae Young has looked a lot more like a volume scorer than an efficient shooter so far this season; he has shot 37% from the field and 31% from three, which is six percent less from the field and five percent less from deep than Russell Westbrook, who gets a bad rap for being inefficient.
Philly held Young to 26 points in total on 21 shots, even after he exploded for 15 points in the opening quarter. I think we will see a similar outcome for Ice Trae in this one. Philly’s perimeter defense is no joke, as it ranks first in points per game allowed to opposing point guards. Advantage: Philly’s Perimeter Defense.
Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineups
Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup
Atlanta Hawks Injuries: Bogdan Bogdanovic (Out)
Philadelphia 76ers Injuries: James Harden (Out)