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#547 Atlanta
Hawks 231.5
#548 Philadelphia
76ers -12

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:05pm

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Game Stats

Atlanta Hawks

12 - 29

18-23
ATS
21-19
O/U
108
PPG
117
OPPG

Philadelphia 76ers

27 - 15

20-22
ATS
24-17
O/U
114
PPG
112
OPPG

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The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to stay on track at home against the lowly Atlanta Hawks.

Hawks struggling to break through

The 2018-19 season has been nothing but a struggle for the Hawks to break through with their play on the court. They have had much difficulty finding any essence of consistency along the way with their notable shortcomings on both ends of the floor. This has continued to put them in a deep hole as the year has worn on having them put them with one of the worst marks in the league. Atlanta has dropped six out of their last 10 games played including the last two straight while falling 19 out of their first 24 games on the road in the process. What has been a huge reason for their continued downward fall is their lack of effectiveness defensively being among the worst teams in the NBA in that regard. They are currently last in the league giving up 117.2 points per contest along with being 23rd with opponents shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and tied for 25th with opponents shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc.

This has overlooked the promising production that second-year forward John Collins has continued to put forth on the court this season. Collins is averaging 18.8 points and 10.6 rebounds in 29.8 minutes per game this season, which currently makes him the only NBA player putting up at least 18.0 and 10.0 in less than 30 minutes per contest. On top of that, Collins is averaging 19.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game while shooting 60.7 from the field and 66.7 from beyond the arc in the last six games played. Meanwhile, rookie point guard Trae Young is averaging 15.9 points, 7.6 assists and 1.4 steals per contest on 44.7 shooting from the field and a 47.4 (18-38) mark from beyond-the-arc in the last nine games played. He is also currently third on the Hawks’ rookie 3-pointer made with 59 in 41 games played. However, their shortcomings defensively should be too much to overcome on the road against a powerhouse team in the 76ers, who have been dominant at home.

76ers led by offensive prowess

Coming off their most successful campaign in several years, the 76ers have continued to build on that forward momentum with a strong first half to the 2018-19 season. This has seen them emerge as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference behind the strong play of their young core group. Leading that charge has been their balanced offensive attack that is ranked them among the top scoring teams in the league. The 76ers have been one of the most explosive offensive teams in the NBA ranking sixth with 114.6 points per contest while being 10th shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 14th hitting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc. This balanced offensive firepower has made them a difficult matchup on any given night due to their ability to put up points with the best of them.

This has largely been led by the play of All-Star big man Joel Embiid putting up the best campaign of his career. Embiid is among the most productive players in the league currently averaging 26.9 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per contest. He has been their driving force on both ends of the floor that has set the table for them to being regarded as one of the top-tier teams in the Eastern Conference. Embiid has taken that to the next level over the last five games as he’s averaging 30.0 points, 14.6 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks while shooting 52.8 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from 3-point range. This includes scoring at least 20 points in each contest while notching a double-double in every game during this stretch. Meanwhile, point guard Ben Simmons has stepped it up as well over that span averaging 19.0 points, 8.4 assists, and 8.o rebounds per contest. The combined production from Embiid and Simmons along with their strong play at home holding an 18-3 mark at home steps up what should be a comfortable win over the Hawks at Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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Rating:

This has the making of being a one-sided affair on Friday night with the 76ers looking to get back on track at home. What also should be noted is that Philadelphia has been one of the best teams in the league at home that will make it quite difficult for Atlanta to have a chance to pull out a road win. The home team in this matchup is also 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.

Prediction: Philadelphia

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The 76ers hold a decisive edge in this matchup that will see their potent offense put up a strong night against one of the league’s worst defenses. This is also a chance for them to push forward with another convincing win on their home floor with their core group leading the charge. Keep in mind, the over is also 6-0 in 76ers last six games against Eastern Conference opponents.

Prediction: Over

Drew Donald

Drew Donald has been a lifelong sports fan that has been quite passionate about football, basketball, and baseball. He has spent much of every day keeping up with the latest trends and games across each sport in the country. Drew Donald has expertise in covering and analysis each sport behind his five years of experience as a sports writer for various websites.

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