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Atlanta has won two straight since the Knicks rallied from behind to score an emotional home win in Game 2 after falling short in Game 1. The Knicks-Hawks Game 5 odds are a bit tricky to gauge because of the energy Madison Square Garden has provided. But one thing that most can agree on is that betting the under has been the way to go in the four previous games, as the over has hit just once.
Longtime basketball writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 Podcast Network is here to provide his thoughts on the Knicks-Hawks Game 5 odds and drops knowledge on the best bets worth a wager at BetRivers.com.
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KNICKS-HAWKS GAME 5 ODDS
#5 ATLANTA HAWKS (3-1) at #4 NEW YORK KNICKS (1-3)
GAME 5: 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
MONEYLINE: Knicks -121 ML, Hawks +102 ML
SPREAD: Knicks -1.5
OVER/UNDER: 208 points
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Through four games in this series, one thing has become painfully obvious: The Knicks lack the offense spacing and role player firepower to provide Julius Randle with the space that he needs to operate. The NBA’s Most Improved Player has looked like last year’s version of himself, averaging just 16 points and shooting 27 percent from the floor in the series. Part of this is the presence of De’Andre Hunter, who is perfectly built to be able to slow a player like Randle down. Part of it is that Nate McMillan has been able to scheme up a way to send extra bodies at him without getting burned in rotation.
But the biggest issue here is simply that there is not enough weaponry around him. The Knicks ranked 24th in the NBA in offensive efficiency this season for a reason. They have been unable to exploit Trae Young’s defensive deficiencies on a consistent basis, and when Immanuel Quickley and Reggie Bullock are as ineffective as they were in Game 4, New York really has no shot.
I don’t expect much to change on that end of the floor. The Knicks are what they are at this point. What I do think will happen, however, is that the trend of a slow-paced, defensive battle will continue. That’s where Thibs makes his money. All four games in this series have gone under the total while averaging right around 93 possessions per game.
So I think the under is the play here.
And if you don’t think the Knicks can stop Trae Young without their fans spitting on him every possession, the Hawks ML (+102) is interesting as well.
Knicks-Hawks Playoff Series
Game 1: Hawks win, 107-105
Game 2: Knicks win, 101-92
Game 3: Hawks win, 105-94
Game 4: Hawks win, 113-96
Game 5: Hawks at Knicks. Wednesday, June 2. 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 6: Knicks at Hawks. Friday, June 4. TBD
Game 7: Hawks at Knicks. Sunday, June 6. TBD