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Jonathan Macri breaks down his pick for Game 1 of Hawks vs. 76ers

Hawks vs. 76ers Prediction

You’ll read a bunch of words about this series, but there’s only four that really matter: Will Joel Embiid play?

As of now, Embiid is questionable to give it a go, and that uncertainty is reflected in this line. Historically, the Sixers have been incredibly conservative with their franchise center, and it’s not as if they don’t have the talent to win this series without their top-three MVP candidate.

But with Embiid, this becomes a walkover. No one can stop him one-on-one, and for as much as Clint Capela has put forth an outstanding defensive season, he is no match here.

If Embiid is himself. We saw that version in full force last series, when the Sixers outscored Washington by 70 points in the 95 minutes Joel was on the floor but were dead even in the 145 minutes he didn’t.

That said, Ben Simmons (plus-84 in 160 minutes on; minus-14 in 80 minutes off) was just as impactful, and there is a long, lean and mean version of Philadelphia that revolves around Simmons’ unique talents on offense and can deploy a hellacious entanglement of swatting, swiping limbs at the other end.

This game is in Philly, and it will likely take the Hawks a bit to adjust to facing a team that does not have the offensive limitations that New York just showed over five games.

Take advantage of the small line with the comfort of knowing even sane Embiid, this one has a good chance of being a comfortable home win.

Hawks vs. 76ers Pick

The Pick: 76ers -3.5 @ -105

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Dean of Knicks Film School, host: KFS Pod, co-host: Pick N Pod. There isn't much about Knicks basketball that Jonathan doesn't know and he's here to break down the big games each and every week.


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