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The Atlanta Hawks will host the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semi-finals series on Friday. The series is tied 1-1 after Atlanta Hawks won the opening game 128-124 as a four-point dog, and the 76ers roared back to win the second game 118-102. During the regular season, the 76ers took two out of the three head-to-head meetings both against the spread and straight-up. Out of the five match-ups between these two teams so far including the playoffs, three of the five games have gone over the total.
Embiid leads 76ers in Game 2 victory
The 76ers came out of the gate strong on Wednesday, jumping out to an 18 point lead in the first quarter. While the Hawks pulled with-in two points at the half, Philly held on thanks to a strong fourth quarter. The 76ers shot 52.9% from the floor and 46.2% from the field in the win. The 76ers also won the turnover battle, only committing nine, compared to 18 for Atlanta.
After finishing second in the MBP voting, Joel Embiid came out with a chip on his shoulder and led the 76ers with 40 points and 13 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 22 points, and Seth Curry poured in 21 points, shooting 5 of 6 from three-point range in the win.
Philadelphia leads all NBA playoff teams scoring an average of 123.1 ppg and shooting 51.9% from the field. The team is also second with a +11.7 points differential. Embiid leads the team with 29.2 ppg and has grabbed 8.2 rebounds, followed by Tobias Harris with 23.9 ppg and a team-best 9.4 rebounds per contest.
Hawks look to keep home court advantage
The Atlanta Hawks went 41-31 during the regular season and grabbed the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. After dropping the first game against the New York Knicks, Atlanta went on a four-game playoff-winning streak before falling to Philadephia on Wednesday. The Hawks shot 45.8% from the floor and 36.7% from three-point range in the loss. Trae Young and Danilo Gallinari both scored 21 points in the loss. Atlanta now gets to play Game 3 on their home floor, where they went 25-11 during the regular season.
The Hawks have excelled more on the defensive end so far in the playoffs, ranking second with 103.9 ppg allowed behind only the Phoenix Suns. The Hawks are 12th averaging 107.1 ppg, led by Trae Young, who has put up 28.9 points and 10 assists per game. Clint Capela has averaged 10 ppg and has led the way with 12.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
- Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.