NBA Odds

Hawks Given Little Chance to Beat Sixers After Game 2 Loss

Donnavan Smoot
Jun 9, 2021, 1:39 PM EDT
Philadelphia found a way to corral Trae Young in Game 2.
Philadelphia found a way to corral Trae Young in Game 2. / Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

The Hawks did their job. They stole a game on the road and have home court advantage heading back to Atlanta. But despite the series being tied 1-1, Vegas still believes the Sixers are firmly in control of the series.

After Atlanta’s 118-102 loss in Game 2, the Hawks are now +175 (bet $100 to profit $175) to beat the Sixers. 

WynnBET has the three most likely series outcomes set in Philadelphia's favor, with the 76ers winning in Game 7 (+225) having the shortest odds

The Sixers decided to limit Danny Green’s minutes on Trae Young, and opted for Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle to guard him. The Sixers’ plan worked, as Young had his worst game of these playoffs. Young shot 37.5% from the floor and an abysmal 14.3% from beyond the arc. 

Atlanta went into halftime only down two, but were unable to contain Joel Embiid and Shake Milton in the second half where the Sixers duo combined for 38 of Philadelphia’s 61 points.

With Philadelphia’s strategy paying off, Atlanta finds itself searching for answers as they head back home to prepare for Game 3. 

Young is expected to have a good game, as his player prop for points is set at 26.5, with the over (-120) favoring the under (+100). However, just as likely as it is for Young to have a good game, it is equally likely the Sixers leave StateFarm Arena up 2-1 and take control of the series.