On Tuesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers will play host to the Atlanta Hawks for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
Let’s take a closer look at the top Hawks vs. Sixers Game 2 player prop picks and make some predictions for this June 8, 2021 NBA Playoffs matchup.
Hawks vs. Sixers Game 2 Player Props (June 8, 2021)
The eyes of the basketball world will be focused on the Wells Fargo Center court as the Sixers and Hawks meet in the second game of their series. Despite the return of MVP finalist Joel Embiid –who came out pregame to the blaring tune of DX with WWE executive and wrestling legend Triple H– the Sixers were caught off-guard in the first quarter, with Atlanta dropping 42 points to Philadelphia’s 27. The gap widened even more in the second as Atlanta took a 74-54 lead into the break. Philadelphia outscored Atlanta 70-54 in the second half, but the wild first quarter disparity proved to be too much as the Sixers fell 128-124 in Game 1.
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Atlanta was led in Game 1 by a standout performance from Trae Young, who dropped 35 points and dished out 10 assists. John Collins (21), Bogdan Bogdanovic (21), Kevin Huerter (15), and Clint Capela (11) joined Young in double figures.
Sixers center Joel Embiid battled through knee pain caused by a torn meniscus en route to a 39-point, 9-rebound, 4-assist line. Sharpshooter Seth Curry added 21 of his own, while Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons combined for 37 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 assists. It’s worth noting that Philadelphia played stifling second half defense, often trapping Young in an effort to make other Hawks beat them. Doc Rivers will likely employ a similar scheme to start Game 2.
Will the Hawks pull off another massive upset or will the Eastern Conference’s top seed level the series at a game apiece?
Joel Embiid to Score 30+ Points and Sixers to Win (+200, BetMGM)
This same-game parlay is one with such a high likelihood of hitting it needed to make our list of the top three player props available for Game 2. Some bettors find two-leg parlays such as this one to be too risky, especially when the odds don’t provide a huge upside. However, this one provides a nice multiplier on the initial wager and is built upon two likely events to occur in Game 2.
BetMGM has the Sixers listed as a -250 moneyline favorite ahead of Tuesday night’s contest and has set the Joel Embiid over 30.5 market at -105 odds. As such, +200 odds on this same-game parlay could represent real value. Despite getting outscored by 20 points in the first half of Game 1, the Sixers roared back in a big way, losing by just four points. Even with Embiid at less than 100%, the Sixers should be able to assert their hard-earned homecourt advantage, where they posted a conference-best 29-7 record.
As for Embiid, he’s coming off a 39-point performance in which he shot 12-21 from the field and 14-15 from the free throw line. Excluding Game 4 against the Wizards when he was removed from the contest after just 11:24 of action, Embiid has racked up at least 30 points in three of four postseason games. Expect Embiid to come out hard, setting the tone early and leading the Sixers to victory.
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Trae Young to Record Over 40.5 Combined Points, Rebounds, and Assists (-113, DraftKings Sportsbook)
Hawks guard Trae Young is coming off a masterful performance against Philadelphia in which he racked up 35 points, dished out 10 assists, and pulled down two rebounds. Although some might consider taking Young to score over 27.5 points at -120 odds, there’s reason to think that taking him to record over 40.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists could be an even better play.
Realistically, this one could come down to Young’s ability to shoot the rock, having averaged 35.5 points per game across his last two postseason contests. However, factoring in his ability to get at least nine assists –as he’s done in five of his six playoff games– as well as some rebounding upside, 40.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists is attainable. Also keep in mind that that Young’s assists jumped down the stretch in the regular season, with him recording at least nine assists in six of his last seven regular season games.
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Tyrese Maxey to Score Over 7.5 Points (-108, FanDuel Sportsbook)
Sixers rookie Tyrese Maxey has had an up-and-down season, featuring the highest of highs –a 39-point explosion against the Nuggets when the team was depleted by COVID protocols– and the lowest of lows –multiple instances of back-to-back DNPs.
However, down the stretch, Maxey began to see an uptick in minutes from head coach Doc Rivers and appears to have taken up the mantle of Philadelphia’s most dynamic bench guard from Shake Milton. Maxey put up six points in Game 1 on a playoff-low 2-8 from the field, including 0-2 from beyond the arc. There’s reason to believe this market could hit, as Maxey dropped at least 10 points in three of his previous four contests. He also put up at least 8 points in 12 of his last 15 regular season contests. Additionally, he posted double-digit points in two of three regular season contests against the Hawks, with the lone exception coming in a 22-point blowout in which he played just 5:54.
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