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Don’t expect the Atlanta Hawks to blitz the Philadelphia 76ers again. In fact, it’s likely to go the other way after the Hawks pulled off an upset in Game 1. Now, the Sixers will be out for revenge, and they are still playing at home.
By all accounts, Sixers center Joel Embiid is healthy and will be a go for Game 2, though some doubted that he would play in Game 1. He has a slightly torn meniscus in his right knee — an injury that would keep lesser men out for a month or more. But these are the playoffs, and despite the injury, Embiid is coming off a 39-point performance.
What does it all mean when it comes to wagering for Game 2?
Well, just know that No. 1 seeds almost never lose twice in a row at home in the playoffs. Like, it’s happened fewer than five times. Granted, Trae Young and the Hawks are on the rise, but they won’t rise quite this high. In fact, after knocking off the favored Knicks in the first round, Atlanta is due for a blowout loss.
So go ahead and take the Sixers at -6.5.
As for the over-under of 224.5, you definitely want to go for the over here. The Sixers are averaging right around 125 points a game in the playoffs. The Hawks tend to reach those heights in their sleep. The teams combined for 252 points in Game 1, which the Hawks won by a 128-124 count.