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76ers vs Hawks Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Two Playoff Teams With Little to Play For

The Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks are heading to the playoffs, albeit in different ways. The Hawks must navigate the Play-In Tournament, while the Sixers are locked in as the No. 3 seed. Atlanta could fall to the No. 9 seed, but the results would be the same as they face the Toronto Raptors either way. The point is that neither team has a real reason to fight too hard on Friday, and they would be better suited to rest their tired starters. The NBA lines list the Hawks as favorites with -475 NBA odds on the moneyline.

76ers Expected to Rest Embiid

I’d be all over the Sixers on a typical night with my NBA picks for Friday. But, with no chance to move up or down in the standings, Philly is expected to give MVP frontrunner Joel Embiid the night off. With the Sixers on the second night of a back-to-back, it would surprise me if Embiid was the only starter to rest.

76ers vs Hawks Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
76ers vs Hawks Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

6 players are averaging over 30.
Top 7 scorers are all career bests.
2 former MVPs having seasons better than any previous MVP season.

Is he one of greatest MVPs ever?

— Phil. E. Cheesesteak (@EmbiiidBetter) April 6, 2023

Expect veterans Dewayne Dedmon, Paul Reed, and Montrezl Harrell to see an uptick in playing time with Embiid out. The chances of the MVP playing again during the regular season seem slim, as he is nursing a minor calf issue.

Playing without your best player isn’t easy for any team, but the Sixers make it look easy with a 9-5 record when Embiid is out. The Sixers are also the second most profitable team in the NBA when betting against the spread (ATS). With a 46-33 record, the Sixers have a positive return on investment (ROI) of 11.10%. On the road, they are 21-18 ATS.

Adding a team with nothing to gain from a win to your NBA bet slip is hard despite all the reasons to like the Sixers.

Hawks on Three-Game Winning Streak

The Hawks are coming off a 134-116 Wednesday night blowout win over the Washington Wizards. A game that saw their offense shoot over 51% from the floor and Trae Young score 25 points with 16 assists.

Technically, the Hawks have something to play for, as they could be overtaken by the Raptors and lose home-court advantage in the Play-In Tournament. Considering how bad the Raptors are on the road, this could be a big deal. One more win would guarantee them the No.8 seed and allow them to rest in the regular season finale against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Smart money would be on De’Andre Hunter to sit on Thursday as he’s dealing with a knee injury. Other than that, the Hawks could be at full strength.

However, the Hawks have been a bad NBA bet at home, with an 18-21-1 ATS record at the State Farm Arena. In their previous five home games, Atlanta has a -23.64 ROI.

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76ers vs Hawks Head-to-Head

The Sixers hold a 2-1 season series lead over the Hawks with back-to-back wins after losing game one in November. The NBA betting results are cut down the middle, with each team 1-1-1 ATS. The Over/Under is 1-2.

76ers vs Hawks Game Information

  • Game: 76ers (52-28) vs Hawks (41-39)
  • Location State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
  • Day/Time: Friday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • 76ers vs Hawks Live stream: NBA Game Pass

76ers vs Hawks Betting Lines

76ers vs Hawks Picks and Prediction

With Embiid on the shelf and no advantage to winning this game, the Sixers feel like a risky bet on Friday. There is no doubt they are a better team at full strength, but they may rest more than just Embiid and are focused on the opening round of the NBA playoffs. The Hawks are getting hot, and I like the value they bring to the table in their penultimate regular season game.

The Philadelphia 76ers are listed at +385 in our Vegas NBA lines. If you wager $100 on the 76ers, you can win $385. The Atlanta Hawks are -500, offering a chance to win $20 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the 76ers a 20.62% chance to win, with the Hawks at 83.33%.

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There is excellent value with the 76ers at home. They have enough depth to cover for Embiid, and the Hawks are tough to follow with confidence.

We also like the moneyline odds of Ev for the 76ers.

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