New York Knicks (42-32) vs. Atlanta Hawks (42-32)
May 28, 2021 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -4; Over/Under: +210
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The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks meet Friday in game three of the NBA East Playoffs at State Farm Arena.
The New York Knicks look for back to back wins to take a key 2-1 series lead. The New York Knicks are averaging 103 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 42 percent shooting. Derrick Rose is averaging 21.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while Alec Burks is averaging 19 points and three assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and RJ Barrett is grabbing 9.5 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51.5 rebounds per game.
The Atlanta Hawks look for a bounce back performance to take a 2-1 series lead. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 99.5 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 103 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Trae Young is averaging 31 points and four rebounds while Bogdan Bogdanovic is averaging 18 points and five rebounds. De’Andre Hunter is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Huerter is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 85.3 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game.
The Knicks are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games and 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 home games. The under is 6-1 in Knicks last 7 overall. The under is 5-0 in Hawks last 5 overall. The Knicks are 18-7-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Atlanta and 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
The Atlanta Hawks had their chances to win both games in New York, so they should like their chances coming back home. It’s also going to be tough for the Knicks if they continue to shoot poor percentages from the field, as scoring has been like pulling teeth through the first two games. With all that said, the Knicks are still a team built for playoff success given their effort defensively. The Knicks have also been money in the underdog role and you guys know that if you’ve followed along all season. Give me the Knicks and the free buckets, as it feels like every game in this series will be tight.