Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The New York Knicks are hosting the Atlanta Hawks at the Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 19:00 ET in Game 1 of this Eastern quarterfinal between the fourth and fifth-best teams of the conference. Both teams ended the season in a strong fashion and had the same record, but Knicks won the tie-breaker and had the better placement. Knicks are 4-1 in their previous five matches, while the Hawks are 7-1 in their previous eight. 

The Knicks finished the regular season with a 41-31 record and are 45-26-1 against the spread and 32-40 in over/under. They are coming off a home victory against the Celtics with a 96-92 score. RJ Barrett led the team with 22 points and 4 rebounds, while Julius Randle followed with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. 

Randle leads the team in all three major categories. In scoring with 24.1 ppg, in rebounding with 10.2 and in assists with 6 per game. RJ Barrett adds 17.6 ppg and 5.8 rebounds per game. 

Knicks have the best defense in the NBA, allowing 104.7 ppg but they are fifth-worse offensively with 107 ppg. They shoot with 45.6% from the field and have the third-best 3-point percentage with 39.2%. Under is 4-1 in their previous five matches.  

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Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks Predictions 5/23/2021

The Hawks finished the regular season with a 41-31 record and are 39-32-1 against the spread and 35-37 in over/under. They are coming off a home victory against the Rockets with a 124-95 score. Eight out of the ten players used had double digits in scoring. Onyeka Okongwu led the team with a monster double double with 21 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, while shooting with 10-13 from the field. 

Trae Young leads the team both in scoring with 25.3 ppg and in assists made with 9.4 per game. John Collins adds 17.6 ppg and 7.4 rebounds per game. 

Hawks score 113.7 ppg offensively and allow 111.4 ppg defensively. They shoot with 46.8% from the field and with 37.3% from beyond the arc. They are 5-3 against the spread in their previous eight matches. Under is 3-0 in their previous three matches. 

New York won all three matchups against Atlanta in the regular season. They won both home games with 123-112 and with 137-127 in overtime. They are 8-1-1 against the spread in their previous ten matchups. Over is 5-1 in their previous six matchups. The Knicks are 25-11 at home, while the Hawks are 16-20 on the road. Knicks have been dominant at home, so pick them with just -1 today. 

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Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 19:00 ET 

Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY

Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021

TV: TNT

NBA Odds/Point Spread: New York Knicks -1 

NBA Totals: +215

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