Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks Picks
Atlanta Hawks (41-31 SU, 39-32 ATS) at New York Knicks (41-31, 45-26), 6/2/21
When: 7:30 pm ET Wednesday, June 2
Where: Madison Square Garden
Point spread: Atl +1.5/NY -1.5 (Get the best odds >>> Don’t pay MORE when you can pay LESS!)
Trae Young and his Hawks aim to close out the befuddled Knicks when the teams meet for Game 5 of this best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series Wednesday night at MSG. Atlanta did not own home-court advantage for this series but went off as a -125 favorite to win it. And so far, the Hawks are proving the oddsmakers very right. Can Atlanta put New York away? Can the Knicks stave off elimination? And how are we playing this game with today’s NBA playoffs pick?
NBA Playoff Betting Odds
The NBA playoffs betting market opened New York as a two-point favorite for this game, with an over/under of right around 208. Early betting action then dipped the Knicks to -1.5.
The best money line we could find on Atlanta to win this game outright was the +107 offered at Pinnacle online sportsbook.
Hawks-Knicks NBA Betting Preview
Atlanta leads this series three games to one after taking Game 4 at home Sunday 113-96. The Hawks led 53-49 following a close first half, then dominated the second half, pushing their advantage to 26 in the fourth quarter, on their way toward the victory and the easy money as five-point favorites.
Atlanta only shot 44 percent from the floor Sunday but hit 26/28 from the free-throw line, held New York to 42 percent FG shooting, and out-rebounded the Knicks 48-39.
The Hawks took the opener of this series ten days ago 107-105 on a Trae Young hoop at the buzzer. New York got the series back to even with a 101-92 win in Game 2, but Atlanta took both games on its home court.
So the Hawks are now 30-12 SU, 24-17 ATS since replacing Coach Pierce with Coach McMillan back in March.
Both these teams played 41-31 during the regular season this year, but the Knicks claimed home-court advantage for this series by sweeping three games from the Hawks.
You might not know it from their performance in this series so far, but the Knicks were the best bet in Basketball during the regular season, going 45-26 ATS.
On the whole, New York is 4-3 both SU and ATS against Atlanta this season.
NBA Playoffs Betting Trends
- The Hawks played 16-20 SU, 16-19 ATS on the road this season.
- The Knicks played 25-11 SU, 22-13 ATS at home this season.
- The Hawks played 16-21 SU, 17-19 ATS vs. teams that made the playoffs this season.
- The Knicks played 17-20 SU, 23-13 ATS vs. teams that made the playoffs this season.
Unders played 37-35 in Hawks games this season, which averaged 225 total points.
Unders played 40-32 in Knicks games this season, which averaged 212 points.
Unders are 4-3 in Hawks-Knicks games this season, which are averaging (without overtime) 216 total points against an average O/U of 216 (how ’bout that?). But the three regular-season meetings averaged 233 points while the four playoff meetings averaged only 203 points.
Free NBA Playoffs Pick
The Hawks fly into this game with momentum on their side but believe it or not. We still have some faith in the Knicks. New York was the best defensive team in the league during the regular season and swept the season series from Atlanta. And after shooting just 20/73 from the floor through the first four games of this series, we can’t help but believe some shots might start falling for Julius Randle. We’ll take the Knicks here for our free NBA pick for Wednesday. Bet your NBA playoffs picks FREE this week by depositing $100 to $300 and receiving a 100% real cash bonus at MyBookie Sportsbook! (Must use promo/bonus code PREDICT100).