NBA Playoff Odds: Knicks Favored To Take Game 2 vs. Hawks

  • The New York Knicks are -130 betting favorites to bounce back in Game 2.
  • The Atlanta Hawks are two-point underdogs and +110 on the moneyline.

NEW YORK – The New York Knicks are favored to even up the series at one game apiece when they play the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

The Knicks lost by two points in game one despite Julius Randle going 6-for-23 from the field. Oddsmakers label the Knicks as the betting favorite in Game 2.

Should The Knicks Be Favored?

If Knicks fans were told that Julius Randle and RJ Barrett would shoot a combined 12-for-38 (31.5%) from the floor and they’d be in a one-possession game, they’d probably have a positive mindset for the series as a whole.

USA Online sportsbooks seem to agree with that mindset as the Knicks are bigger favorites in Game 2 than they were in Game 1 despite the loss.

New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: NYK -130
  • Moneyline: ATL +110
  • Spread: NYK -2
  • Total: O/U 212.5

The Knicks’ top players played about as poorly as possible while the role players played about as well as you could ask for. The two will likely meet somewhere in the middle but overall, the Knicks are expected to improve.

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Over or Under 212.5?

The New York Knicks had the best defense in the regular season, allowing just 104.7 points per game. The Hawks were also in the top half of the league in defense and allowed 111.4 points per game.

New York scored the fifth-fewest points per game in the regular season while Atlanta was right around the middle of the pack with 113.7 points scored per game.

NBA betting sites have set a relatively low total for the matchup. The score of the first game was 107-105 for a total of 212. Sportsbooks are essentially predicting the same exact score but in favor of the Knicks this time.

How to Watch

The game is set to start 7:30 p.m. and will be aired on TNT.