Will Joel Embiid & Trae Young Play Tonight? Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Game 6: Prediction, Injuries & Lineups

Published 06/18/2021, 11:37 AM EDT
May 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after a play during game four against the Washington Wizards in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


The Atlanta Hawks host the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at 7:30 PM EST for game 6 in the State Farm Arena.

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After their disappointing meltdown in game 4, the 76ers were expected to make a comeback in game 5. Initially, it seemed like they were headed towards the right direction. With Embiid dominating in the paint and Seth Curry shooting lights out from the perimeter, the 76ers took an incredible 26-point lead in the third quarter and had a 99.7% probability to win the game.

But all hell broke loose in the fourth quarter as the 76ers looked lost. The Hawks, who were having a disappointing performance in the first three quarters, came back and scored 42 points in the very last quarter of the game and ultimately made one of the best comebacks of this NBA season.

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Given the number of moves the Sixers had made, they were rightfully favorites to win, but if they continue to choke like they did in the last two games, they might be heading out of the East.

The Atlanta Hawks meanwhile have arguably been the most surprising team in the playoffs. Despite being heavy underdogs in the match-up against the Sixers, the Hawks shocked everyone when they came back from a 18 point deficit and tied the series.

This time around, Trae Young and Co. did the impossible. Down 26-points in the third quarter, the Hawks went ballistic in the fourth quarter and ultimately won the game 109-106.

While Trae Young continued his incredible playoff form with 39 points, it was players like Lou Williams and Danilo Gallinari who stepped up and added 32 points off of the bench. If the Hawks want to tie the series, they will need to continue to put on an all-round display against the 76ers.

Predictions

This series certainly has been a roller coaster ride so far with both the teams taking turns in leading the series. While the Hawks do have a 3-2 lead in the series, there is no denying the star power Philly have.

If Doc Rivers led Sixers do not have yet another collapse, their star power might just be enough to push this series to a seventh game despite the Hawks having home court advantage.

Philadelphia 76ers injury updates and lineup prediction

The 76ers will be missing a key player in veteran 3 & D starter Danny Green who is recovering from a calf injury. With two meltdowns in a row, the 76ers certainly have their backs against the wall and will have to put in their best foot forward in the State Farm Arena if they want to force a game 7.

May 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Ben Simmons (G)

Seth Curry (G)

Furkan Korkmaz (F)

Tobias Harris (F)

Joel Embiid (C)

Atlanta Hawks injury updates and lineup prediction

The Hawks will miss three key players against the 76ers. Cam Reddish is out with an Achilles injury while guard Brandon Goodwin is sidelined due to illness. De’Andre Hunter is sidelined for the rest of the playoffs with a knee injury.

May 28, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) and guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) celebrate against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Probable Lineup

Trae Young (G)

Bogdan Bogdanovic (G)

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DeAndre Hunter (F)

John Collins (F)

Clint Capela (C)

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Who will win between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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