New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks: NBA Playoffs Game 1 Betting Preview, Lines, Odds, Insights, and Trends for May 23, 2021

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BetMGM Sep 23, 2021, 11:04 PM

The New York Knicks (41-31, 0-0) are 1.5-point favorites heading into Game 1 of the opening round of the NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks (41-31, 0-0) at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, starting at 7:00 PM ET on TNT. The series is tied . The matchup has an over/under set at 215.5 points.

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Knicks vs Hawks Betting Information
FavoriteSpreadFavorite Spread OddsUnderdog Spread OddsTotalOver Total OddsUnder Total Odds
Knicks-1.5-110-110215.5-110-110

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Point Total Insights

  • New York's games this season have gone over the point total for Sunday's matchup point total (215.5 points) in 40.3% of opportunities (29 out of 72 matchups).
  • In 49 out of Atlanta's 72 games this year (68.1%), the competing teams combined for more points than the over/under in Sunday's matchup.
  • The Knicks average 107 points per game against the Hawks' 113.7, totaling 5.2 points over the matchup's point total of 215.5.
  • This matchup's total is 0.6 fewer points than the 216.1 these two teams combine to give up per game in 2020-21.
  • This season the average total for Knicks games is 211.8 points, 3.7 fewer than the over/under of 215.5 points for this contest.
  • A difference of 9.6 points separates the average total points bet in Hawks' games (225.1 points) and this matchup's over/under (215.5 points).

Knicks Betting Data

  • New York holds a winning record against the spread this season, going 41-29 ATS.
  • The Knicks' record against the spread as at least a 1.5-point favorite is above .500 at 20-12.
  • New York routinely does not hit the over, only breaking the point total in 29 of 70 games (41.4%).

Knicks Key Players

  • The Knicks points, rebounds and assists leader is Julius Randle. He puts up 24.1 points per game and adds 10.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
  • The Knicks are led by Reggie Bullock from beyond the arc. He makes 2.5 shots from deep per game.
  • Nerlens Noel averages 1.1 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. Both numbers are team-highs for New York.

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Knicks Last 10 Games

Knicks Last Five Games
DateOpponentResultFavoredPlayed AsSpreadTotalKnicks MoneylineOpponent MoneylineGame TypeCoveredOver/Under
5/16/2021Celtics96-92 NYYesHome-15.5197.5-50001350Regular SeasonNoUnder
5/15/2021Hornets118-109 NYYesHome-14.5215.5-30001250Regular SeasonNoOver
5/13/2021Spurs102-98 NYYesHome-3.5200.5-190155Regular SeasonYesUnder
5/11/2021Lakers101-99 LALYesAway-3.5193.5-225180Regular SeasonNoOver
5/9/2021Clippers106-100 NYYesAway-2.5209.5-165140Regular SeasonYesUnder
Overall RecordATS RecordO/U/PAVG TotalAVG Pts ScoredAVG Pts AllowedAVG Reb. Margin3Pt %
7-35-55-5-0211.2107.6103.6-5.232.9%

Knicks Injuries

Knicks:Mitchell Robinson: Out (Ankle)

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Hawks Betting Data

  • Atlanta has covered the spread in greater than half of its outings, going 37-33 ATS.
  • When they are at least 1.5-point underdogs, the Hawks have fared well, going 23-17 against the spread.
  • Atlanta and its opponents have hit the over in less than half of their matchups this year -- 32 of 70 (45.7%).

Hawks Key Players

  • Trae Young averages 25.3 points and adds 9.4 assists per game, putting him at the top of the Hawks' leaderboards in those statistics.
  • Clint Capela is at the top of the Atlanta rebounding leaderboard with 14.3 rebounds per game. He also scores 15.2 points and adds 0.8 assists per game.
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic is the most prolific from distance for the Hawks, hitting 3.3 threes per game.
  • Cam Reddish (1.3 steals per game) is the steal leader for Atlanta while Capela (2.0 blocks per game) is the block leader.

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Hawks Last 10 Games

Hawks Last Five Games
DateOpponentResultFavoredPlayed AsSpreadTotalHawks MoneylineOpponent MoneylineGame TypeCoveredOver/Under
5/16/2021Rockets124-95 ATLYesHome-12.5237.5-1200750Regular SeasonYesUnder
5/13/2021Magic116-93 ATLYesHome-22.5211.5-100003300Regular SeasonYesUnder
5/12/2021Wizards120-116 ATLYesHome-3.5231.5-200165Regular SeasonYesOver
5/10/2021Wizards125-124 ATLYesHome-7.5240.5-1200750Regular SeasonNoOver
5/6/2021Pacers133-126 INDNoAway+4.5253.5200-250Regular SeasonNoOver
Hawks Last 10 Games
Overall RecordATS RecordO/U/PAVG TotalAVG Pts ScoredAVG Pts AllowedAVG Reb. Margin3Pt %
7-36-44-6-0229.2116.4112.8+5.936.1%

Hawks Injuries

Hawks:Cam Reddish: Out (Achilles),Brandon Goodwin: Out For Season (Illness)

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