Sixers To Hang Tough Against Pesty Hawks Team

Saturday, March 23, 2019 1:07 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019 1:07 PM UTC

The Sixers will look to keep their standing in a tough Easten Conference playoff race with a big win at Atanta.

<p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-0a5149f7-7fff-0740-bc00-0db59d6ec662">Philadelphia (47-25 SU, 34-38 ATS) at Atlanta (25-48 SU, 37-37 ATS)</b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-0a5149f7-7fff-0740-bc00-0db59d6ec662">Saturday 7:30 P.M. ET</b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-0a5149f7-7fff-0740-bc00-0db59d6ec662">Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">Sixers ATS</a></b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><b id="docs-internal-guid-0a5149f7-7fff-0740-bc00-0db59d6ec662">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a></b></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569018, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,169,93,180], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p> </p><p dir="ltr">The Atlanta Hawks aren't going to make the playoffs this season. But they could have an influence on the plans for those who are headed for postseason, such as the Philadelphia 76ers, who visit Atlanta on Saturday.</p><p dir="ltr">The Hawks caused problems for the Utah Jazz on Thursday, knocking them off 117-114 and throwing them into a four-way tie for fifth place in the Western Conference. Philadelphia's position is less fluid; the Sixers are solidly in third place in the Eastern Conference, but don't want to see momentum slow from their current six-game winning streak. The Hawks will need to find a way to slow Philadelphia center Joel Embiid, has played only one time against Atlanta this season and collected 10 points and six rebounds. That's far below his season average of 27.5 points and 13.8 rebounds.</p><p dir="ltr">Embiid missed the game with Milwaukee on March 19 as a scheduled day to deal with ongoing left knee soreness that has kept him out of nine games. The off day seemed to sit well with him. The extra rest, and the motivation that came when he was pushed from behind by Boston's Marcus Smart, helped motivate him to produce 37 points and 22 rebounds.</p><p dir="ltr">The shove resulted in an altercation between Embiid and Smart. Both had to be restrained by teammates and no punches were thrown. After a video review, Smart was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul. The incident inspired Embiid, who scored the next eight points.</p><p dir="ltr">Atlanta needs to find a way to keep forward John Collins in the game. The second-year forward has been plagued by fouls the last three games and fouled out Thursday for the second straight night. The Hawks beat Utah despite Collins only producing nine points and eight rebounds, far below his season averages of 19.5 points and 9.7 rebounds.</p><p dir="ltr">Trae Young has picked up the slack and had 23 points and 11 rebounds against the Jazz. He sparked the Hawks' successful fourth-quarter surge and put them ahead to stay with a late three-point play. Young is averaging 18.5 points and 7.8 assists and has re-entered the conversation for NBA Rookie of the Year.</p><p dir="ltr">The Hawks have struggled all season as the home team with a 15-21 record ATS in Atlanta on the season and this bodes well for the Sixers to be able to come in and take care of business against a pesty Hawks team.</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Last night, it was just different ⚡️ ⚡️ &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;.&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@sixers&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Franklin (@SixersFranklin) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;March 21, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p>
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