- The New York Knicks are favored to defeat the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their series.
- The Hawks may be underdogs in the game on Wednesday, but they’re favored in the series.
- New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio ripped Hawks star Trae Young for foul hunting.
LAS VEGAS - Trae Young obliterated the hopes of the New York Knicks in Game 1, sinking a game winning shot, then silencing the Knicks fans who had been screaming obscenities at him all game.
Trae Young silenced MSG in game one 🤫
Game 2 tonight on TNT
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 26, 2021
The Knicks are a game down now, meaning they’ve lost home court advantage in the series - an advantage they gained via tiebreaker over the Atlanta Hawks.
The Hawks, one game up, will likely have the best player on the court in the form of Young, who will look to continue antagonizing New Yorkers with his greatness.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has a message for Trae Young.
"Stop hunting for fouls ... Play the game the right way." pic.twitter.com/89bKTSnNee
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) May 25, 2021
The antagonism has reached the mayoral level - Bill DeBlasio, mayor of New York City, implored Young to play the game the right way - and stop hunting fouls.
You know what they say - if you’ve lost DeBlasio...well, you’re probably fine.
The Hawks are slight underdogs in the matchup on Wednesday, however, despite being favored to win the series overall.
Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks Moneyline
- Atlanta Hawks +115
- New York Knicks -135
The Knicks are home favorites on the online sportsbooks after a close Game 1, but the Hawks did come out ahead in this exact situation last time these two teams matched up.
The degree to which the series seems to be even on a game to game basis is clear - the home team is going to be favored game to game.
Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks Spread
- Atlanta Hawks +2.0 (-105)
- New York Knicks -2.0 (-115)
The Knicks are favored by two points in this game - and the first game of the series was decided by two points.
This is expected to be another close matchup, which is why the series prices might be surprising to many sports bettors.
Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks - To Win The Series
- Atlanta Hawks -250
- New York Knicks +210
The Hawks are dominant favorites on the series line, after taking home court from the Knicks in Game 1.
It seems odd that such an even series on a game to game basis would swing so heavily after only one game.
However, it does make some sense - if every game is even, having a game in hand could be series defining.
Sports bettors need to understand that the Hawks may be underdogs in the matchup on Wednesday, but they’re likely to win the series overall.