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Hawks vs. Knicks pick against the spread, best player prop for Game 1

We go over some of the best betting options for Game 1 between the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks on Sunday.

Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at State Farm Arena.  Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The first-round series between the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks is expected to be one of the more competitive matchups in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. The Eastern Conference’s fourth and fifth seeds will play Game 1 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are looking to go 4-0 against the Hawks, but Atlanta won’t make things easy in the postseason. Let’s take a look at the best betting options at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Hawks vs. Knicks, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT

Pick ATS: Hawks +1.5

None of Sunday’s games are expected to be as close as this one. While the Knicks are the higher seed are favored at -114 on the money line ahead of Game 1, Atlanta is favored to win the series at -136. The Hawks will have to steal a game at MSG to make that happen, so why not Game 1? If you think the Knicks’ regular-season success will carry over to the postseason, you might want to roll with the home team. No team covered at home more than New York this season. However, the Hawks are healthier than they’ve been in a long time with all their ideal starters available and were well on their way to a win at MSG the last time they faced the Knicks. The Hawks have won more than 70% of their games since Nate McMillan took over as the head coach. The winning side will almost definitely cover the spread here.

Player Prop: Clint Capela over 0.5 assists (+120)

Capela is only averaging 0.8 assists per game and is facing one of the NBA’s best defenses, but how can you not bite on this prop? The Hawks’ starting big man has recorded at least one dime in 33 of the 63 games he’s played in and once in three matchups against the Knicks. You won’t find many plus-money props that are this easy to hit.

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