The Atlanta Hawks are on the road at the Philadelphia 76ers in National Basketball Association action on Friday. The Atlanta Hawks are 22-29 on the season, and 10th in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta has dropped back to back games, and are 4-6 in their last 10 games overall. The Hawks lost at the Celtics on Wednesday.
For Philadelphia, their struggles have continued. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games, and have dropped three straight games. The 76ers are coming off a blowout loss at home to the Golden State Warriors.
The Atlanta Hawks are -5.5 on the road at the Philadelphia 76ers in this game.
Philadelphia Looking for Someone to Step Up
Since the loss of Joel Embiid for the rest of the month; Philadelphia has dropped three in a row. The 76ers allowed 136, 118 and 127 in losses to the Nets, Mavericks and Warriors. Philadelphia will need to figure out something defensively with the big man in the paint. The 76ers are scoring 118.5 per game.
Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris are the main two guys needed to stay up for Philadelphia. Kelly Oubre is another. Maxey anchors the offense with more than 25 points per game, while Harris is next at just shy of 18 per game. Oubre is up to 13.5 points per game on the season.
The 76ers are at home in this game, but then will head out for back to back road games. Philadelphia is at Washington on Saturday and Cleveland on Tuesday. They will then finish the pre All Star break slate at home on Wednesday against the Miami Heat.
Hawks Looking to Snap Streak
The Atlanta Hawks started the month with back to back wins over the Suns and the Warriors. But after those two wins; they have dropped back to back games to the Clippers and Celtics. In those two games, the Hawks allowed 137 points per game. Defensively, the Hawks are also poor; ranking 28th in the league.
Dejounte Murray did not play in the loss on Wednesday. He continues to nurse a sore back. He is second on the team in scoring, and has scored 20+ points in 9 out of his last 10 games. The top scorer for the Hawks is Trae Young. The point guard is scoring more than 27 points per game, and dishing out 10.9 assists.
The Hawks will host the Houston Rockets on Saturday and Chicago Bulls on Monday. After that, Chicago is on the road at Charlotte on Wednesday. After the All Star Break, the Hawks will host the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic.
76ers Pick up Home Win
Philadelphia has got to get back on track at some point, right? Sure, the loss of Embiid has been massive for them, but they still have talent. Look for this to be a game they win. The 76ers do not want to keep falling in the Eastern Conference standings. Look for the 76ers to beat the Hawks by 10 in this game. When we bet this game, we are going to take the Philadelphia 76ers +5.5 over the Atlanta Hawks.