Can the Philadelphia Sixers rise from the rubble of two historic collapses? The Sixers had an 18-point lead in Game 4 and lost. In Game 5, Philadelphia stormed ahead by 26 points. The Sixers had a win probability of 99.7% late in the third quarter.
And then came the epic collapse.
The Atlanta Hawks outscored the Sixers 40-19 in the fourth quarter. Trae Young and Lou Williams each had 13 points in the final period. Ben Simmons (4-14 from the foul line) and Joel Embiid (39 points) both missed critical free throws.
When it ended, Philadelphia had collapsed. Atlanta emerged with a 109-106 win and a 3-2 lead in the series with a home game in Atlanta on Friday.
Let’s take a look at the betting lines for Game 6 in this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks’ Pick Play.
Despite squandering big leads in their previous two games, the Sixers are still favored at PA sportsbooks on the road in Game 6. FOX Bet has the Sixers as 4-point favorites with a moneyline price of -167. Atlanta is +130. The game’s total is set at 221 points.
Can the Sixers recover from collapses?
Philadelphia is the only NBA team to surrender 18-point leads in back-to-back playoff games in the last 25 seasons. Game 5’s 26-point lead was the third-largest blown lead in a playoff game in the last 25 seasons.
The Sixers are facing an uphill climb with Game 6 looming in Atlanta on Friday. Philadelphia has to somehow pick up the pieces and try to hang onto a playoff series that certainly seems to be slipping away.
“We have made this hard on ourselves,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said in an article on the Philadelphia Inquirer website. “We have to own up to that, all of us, and we have to get up and be ready for the next game. And it’s going to be a crazy atmosphere. Good. We’ll be ready for it.”
Surely, the Sixers will do their best to forget Game 5, but it’s pretty hard to ignore just how monumental the collapse was. And it looks even worse stacked up against a similar failure in Game 4.
Prior to Game 5, 70% of the money was on the Sixers to win the series at DraftKings Sportsbook. But things have changed. The Hawks are now -162 to take the series at DraftKings. Philadelphia is +130.
Game 6 Hawks vs. Sixers promos and bet boosts
Friday’s game tips off at 7:40 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.
So despite their previous failures, Pennsylvania sports betting apps favor the Sixers to win on the road in an elimination game.
New Fox Bet customers who bet $1, win $100 if the Sixers score 76 points.
Hawks vs. Sixers Game 6 bet boosts at Fox Bet (all customers)
- Joel Embiid over 1.5 dunks boosted from (+150) to +200
- Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris to combine for over 59.5 points boosted from (+137) to +200
- 76ers to win first and second quarter boosted from (+190) to +230
- Trae Young Over 2.5 made 3-point field goals and Atlanta Hawks to win boosted from (+250) to +300
- John Collins 2 or more dunks and 2 or more made 3-pointers from (+300) to +350
- Tobias Harris to record a double-double and 76ers to win boosted from (+425) to +500
- Trae Young and Joel Embiid each over 34.5 boosted from +750 to +900
Wagers are also available on game parlays, alternate spreads/totals, halftime/fulltime bets and winning margins as well. Live betting odds will also be posted soon after tip off.
If the Sixers can somehow escape Atlanta with a win, they will almost certainly be favored to win Game 7, which would be held on Sunday in Philadelphia.
That’s the best case scenario now. Because after two shocking failures, the Sixers are fighting for their playoff lives.
“We’ll be back here for game 7,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said in an article on ESPN. “I believe that.”
At present, confidence might be the most important thing to hold onto.
Because the series could be slipping away.
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