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Preview: Hawks look for series lead in Game 5 vs. Sixers

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NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers are entrenched in a competitive second round series, and Game 5 could not be any bigger for each side. After a nearly imperative win for the Hawks on Nonday, the two teams will lock horns again on Friday with their eyes set on a series lead.

Trae Young posted 25 points and 18 assists in the comeback effort Monday evening, helping fuel the Hawks to an essential victory. Atlanta will need another big performance in Game 5 if they want to pull out a pivotal road victory.

John Collins had perhaps his best half of the postseason in the second half on Monday, and was one of the main reasons the Hawks were able to pull off the comeback. His energy and intensity on each end of the floor provided a huge boost to the entire team, something many had been waiting for so far in the playoffs.

The Sixers will look to protect their home floor after a split in Atlanta, and will hope to get more out of Joel Embiid, who was 0-for-12 in the second half of the Game 4 loss.


Young (shoulder) is the big note here, as he’s been added to the injury report for the first time this postseason. He is probable.

De’Andre Hunter (knee), Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition) and Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) all remain out for Atlanta.

Joel Embiid (meniscus) is questionable for the 76ers, and don’t be surprised if the Sixers make him a game-time decision yet again. Embiid struggled in the second half on Monday, but it would still come as a surprise if he were to sit at this point.

Danny Green (calf strain) has been ruled out for two to three weeks, which makes his return to this series extremely unlikely.

The Line

For those interested, Philadelphia opens as a 6-point favorite for Game 5 as they return home after blowing an 18-point lead and losing to the Hawks in Game 4.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, June 16, 7:30 pm ET

Location: Wells Fargo Arena


Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network

Streaming: Watch TNT