The Sixers are one of the teams hit by covid. Even one match with their participation was postponed, but the main leader of the team, Joel Embiid, had been ill earlier and is now trying to pull the team forward. In the last game on the road, “76th” thanks to 41 points Embiida managed to break the resistance of “Boston”, but at home things are not the best way. Philadelphia have won just twice in their last 8 games, beating Orlando and Golden State. Now is a great time to improve the situation with home results, especially since there are far from all the key players in the covid protocol. Tobias Harris will appear on the floor. Seth Curry will also play. Note that the “76th”, despite the unsuccessful last matches at home, still start all the games well, having won in the first 9 quarters of 13 home matches.
The hawks have very heavy losses. In fact, Collins and Reddish remained in the ranks of the leading performers, if they can be called leading at all. Tray Young and the starter company can’t play yet. With such losses, it is not surprising that Atlanta lost at home to Orlando, and before that the match with Cleveland was canceled. On the road, the Hawks won their last five matches, but then the lineup was completely different. Now the advantage is clearly on the side of “Philadelphia”.
My preferences are on the side of the “76s”, but the handicap is offered (-9). I usually don’t play such an advantage, but the option with a victory in the first quarter, where Atlanta won the last four times away and the series is clearly time to end with such a weak lineup, this is an interesting option. Note that only in one of the first nine winning quarters at home, “Philadelphia” had a difference of less than 3 points. It is with such a handicap that the Sixers’ victory in the 1st quarter can be taken.