Atlanta Hawks vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date and Time: Thursday, June 17,2021 5:00 AM IST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers
The Atlanta Hawks will be high on confidence after their comeback win against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series.
The 103-100 win helped the Hawks level the series 2-2. They now aim to carry that form into Game 5, which is scheduled to be played at Wells Fargo Center in their match.
Trae Young put together another impressive performance for the Atlanta Hawks, tallying 25 points and 18 assists on the night. Meanwhile, Tobias Harris was the only player who reached the 20-point figure for the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Atlanta Hawks have made it clear that they aren’t going down without a fight. Despite the Philadelphia 76ers being the heavy favorites to advance, the Hawks have shown tremendous grit so far and have a fighting chance of clinching the series.
The Atlanta Hawks were trailing by 18 points towards the end of the first half in Game 4, but made a terrific comeback in the third quarter. They committed just one turnover while restricting the Sixers to 8-of-21 shooting from the floor in that stretch and outscored their opponents 31-20.
That set the tone for the Atlanta Hawks to finish the game strong in the last quarter as they used the momentum to make important defensive stops and attack the Sixers’ defense relentlessly.
The Hawks will have to try and use the second-half energy they had on the road in Game 5 from the get-go to get a shot at winning the tie and going 3-2 up in the series.
The Philadelphia 76ers need to improve down the stretch and learn to adapt to in-game situations to avoid a debacle like the one that cost them Game 4.
Both teams have shown how effective they can be on their day in the two games they have each won so far. It is difficult to pick a winner for Game 5, especially because of the importance it has concerning the eventual outcome of the series.
However, home court advantage has proved to be the key on several occasions, which does make the Philadelphia 76ers slight favorites to take the 3-2 series lead. But they will have to make sure they don’t take the Atlanta Hawks for granted, especially after the kind of performance Trae Young and co. put together in the last game.