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Series Thread: 2nd Round: Philadelphia Sixers vs Atlanta Hawks

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Assuming Embiid plays but not at 100%, I'll go Sixers in 7
 

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Sixers in 6.
 

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I suspect the Sixers will not play Embiid for at least game 1, so how the Sixers do early without Embiid will tell us a lot about how this series will go. If they can go 1-1 without him, I think they have a shot to win in 6 or 7.
 
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The Knicks overachieved and the Hawks were able to expose that. I think the Sixers can take the Hawks in 6 if Embiid doesn't play at all. They'll take them out in 5 if Embiid plays.
 

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The Hawks have the 2nd best record (behind Philly I think) since March 1st.

They won't be an easy out for the Sixers, especially with Embiid's sore knee.
 

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Should be a good series. But I think the Sixers win in 5 if Embiid plays and 6 if he doesn't.

For all the talk of the Hawks offense, it only scored 110+ points once against the Knicks. If Embiid doesn't play, the Hawks will have a tough time keeping Capela on the floor. If Embiid does play, Capela will get pushed around by Joe.
 

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I'm going with sixers with brooms. They'll want to get it done and be rested for whomever comes out beat up from the Nets/Bucks
 

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I'm going with sixers with brooms. They'll want to get it done and be rested for whomever comes out beat up from the Nets/Bucks

no way
 

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If Embiid is ready in game 1 and his sitting was a precaution, the 6ers absolutely could, and probably should sweep the Hawks.

The Hawks are very inexperienced and happened to face the only team with less than them.

A healthy 6ers team would completely overwhelm the Hawks, IMO. Much like they did to the Wizards.
 

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If Embiid is ready in game 1 and his sitting was a precaution, the 6ers absolutely could, and probably should sweep the Hawks.

The Hawks are very inexperienced and happened to face the only team with less than them.

A healthy 6ers team would completely overwhelm the Hawks, IMO. Much like they did to the Wizards.

There's a lot of shooting on the Hawks and Trae Young is Trae Young. Hard to see the Sixers sweeping them. They're bound to have a game where 3 or 4 of their shooters is on fire.
 

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There's a lot of shooting on the Hawks and Trae Young is Trae Young. Hard to see the Sixers sweeping them. They're bound to have a game where 3 or 4 of their shooters is on fire.

6ers have a lot of quality perimeter defenders and they are better.

I don’t think Embiid is healthy, so I won’t predict a sweep.

If he were though, 5 at most.

This is basically the Hawks first ever playoff series. Not sure can count the Knicks who also had little experience.
 

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6ers have a lot of quality perimeter defenders and they are better.

I don’t think Embiid is healthy, so I won’t predict a sweep.

If he were though, 5 at most.

This is basically the Hawks first ever playoff series. Not sure can count the Knicks who also had little experience.

The Sixers are going to hunt Trae Young and have the talent to do so.
 

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The Sixers are going to hunt Trae Young and have the talent to do so.

Yep.

Simmons, Thybulle and Green.

Keep a fresh, long defender on him all game long. I don’t think he will like that very much.
 

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Yep.

Simmons, Thybulle and Green.

Keep a fresh, long defender on him all game long. I don’t think he will like that very much.
Plus George Hill and Tyrese Maxey that have the best foot speed on the team to keep up with Young’s speed. The key to managing a great player is to change up the looks he sees and make him think instead of react. The Sixers need to do that with both scheme and personnel. I want them to employ some blitz but also to play straight man switching all screens and also to even work in some zone when Simmons and Thybulle are on the floor at the same time. My biggest worry is that the Sixers are too good at forcing the ball out of his hands and he racks up 12-15 assists and gets the other guys off. Hawks are sneaky good as an offensive team. Bogdanovic, Collins, Heurter, Sweet Lou, Hunter, Capela are all guys that can go off. If they get 2 of those guys each night to take turns getting hot they can be really tough to beat. Additionally, in a non-Embiid world, The Sixers need an efficient 25 on 15 or so shots from Tobias Harris each time out. John Collins is an underrated defender. There may be a night or two he holds down Harris. Without Embiid I don’t know how they make up for losing his 30 a game without Harris showing up.
 

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I'd be shocked if they swept the Hawks without Embiid. I think the chances of that are zero. If he plays all the games, maybe, but I really doubt that he is going to play all the games in this series. I suspect he misses at least game one.
 

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I'd be shocked if they swept the Hawks without Embiid. I think the chances of that are zero. If he plays all the games, maybe, but I really doubt that he is going to play all the games in this series. I suspect he misses at least game one.

Same
 

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This gonna be good.
 

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I'd be shocked if they swept the Hawks without Embiid. I think the chances of that are zero. If he plays all the games, maybe, but I really doubt that he is going to play all the games in this series. I suspect he misses at least game one.

I am not sure they win the series without Embiid.

I think they might sweep with him.
 
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