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

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
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Knicks -1.5 -110 -110 215.5 -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
Date Opponent Result Favored Played As Spread Total Knicks Moneyline Opponent Moneyline Game Type Covered Over/Under
5/16/2021 Celtics 96-92 NY Yes Home -15.5 197.5 -5000 1350 Regular Season No Under
5/15/2021 Hornets 118-109 NY Yes Home -14.5 215.5 -3000 1250 Regular Season No Over
5/13/2021 Spurs 102-98 NY Yes Home -3.5 200.5 -190 155 Regular Season Yes Under
5/11/2021 Lakers 101-99 LAL Yes Away -3.5 193.5 -225 180 Regular Season No Over
5/9/2021 Clippers 106-100 NY Yes Away -2.5 209.5 -165 140 Regular Season Yes Under
Overall Record ATS Record O/U/P AVG Total AVG Pts Scored AVG Pts Allowed AVG Reb. Margin 3Pt %
7-3 5-5 5-5-0 211.2 107.6 103.6 -5.2 32.9%

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
Date Opponent Result Favored Played As Spread Total Hawks Moneyline Opponent Moneyline Game Type Covered Over/Under
5/16/2021 Rockets 124-95 ATL Yes Home -12.5 237.5 -1200 750 Regular Season Yes Under
5/13/2021 Magic 116-93 ATL Yes Home -22.5 211.5 -10000 3300 Regular Season Yes Under
5/12/2021 Wizards 120-116 ATL Yes Home -3.5 231.5 -200 165 Regular Season Yes Over
5/10/2021 Wizards 125-124 ATL Yes Home -7.5 240.5 -1200 750 Regular Season No Over
5/6/2021 Pacers 133-126 IND No Away +4.5 253.5 200 -250 Regular Season No Over
Hawks Last 10 Games
Overall Record ATS Record O/U/P AVG Total AVG Pts Scored AVG Pts Allowed AVG Reb. Margin 3Pt %
7-3 6-4 4-6-0 229.2 116.4 112.8 +5.9 36.1%

Hawks Injuries

Hawks:

Cam Reddish: Out (Achilles),

Brandon Goodwin: Out For Season (Illness)

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