- When: Friday, November 17 at 8:40 PM ET
- Who: Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks
- Where: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Let's take a look at an exciting matchup that will have NBA Cup repercussions.
Despite the promise of a high-octane duel between Tyrese Maxey and Trae Young, we're targeting an under in the upcoming Hawks vs. 76ers NBA in-season tournament showdown.
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If you're a basketball enthusiast, the mere mention of Tyrese Maxey and Trae Young going head-to-head on the court is enough to send shivers down your spine.
These ballers have been lighting up scoreboards and dropping dimes with reckless abandon all season. But as they prepare to square off in Atlanta, I'm predicting a more subdued performance from both players.
Let's unpack this. The Philadelphia 76ers are coming off a two-game losing streak, having been bested by the Pacers and Celtics in quick succession. Maxey has been a bright spot, putting up 20 against Boston.
Tyrese and Tyrese this season:
Maxey — Haliburton —
28.6 PPG 23.8 PPG
7.2 APG 12.2 APG
3.4 3PM 3.0 3PM
The only players with 200+ points on 50/40/90% shooting this season. pic.twitter.com/DASDPxBTHr
— StatMuse (@statmuse) November 13, 2023
But even after dropping a combined 36 with Joel Embiid against the Celtics, it wasn't enough to prevent a 107-97 defeat.
Meanwhile, the Hawks are also licking their wounds after a narrow loss to the Knicks. Trae Young, back on the court after a short personal break, will be looking to bounce back.
However, despite his impressive performance this season, Young and the Hawks are still trying to find their groove. So why the under?
Firstly, the Sixers and Hawks are both coming off losses and will be looking to tighten up defensively, potentially limiting opportunities for Maxey and Young. The Sixers, in particular, seem weary, especially on the back end of consecutive games.
Coach Nick Nurse has already pointed out their struggle to contain the easy offense. Secondly, the Sixers have been getting unexpected contributions from deep reserves such as Paul Reed and Jaden Springer.
This could potentially reduce Maxey's workload, which might translate to fewer points, assists, and rebounds. Lastly, the Hawks are playing at home.
They've been exceptional at the State Farm Arena, and Bogdan Bogdanovic has been a force off the bench. This could mean Young doesn't have to do all the heavy lifting, leading to a possible under.
Despite these factors, the game promises to be a thrilling spectacle. Maxey and Young are two of the most exciting players in the NBA right now, and their head-to-head matchup will be worth watching.