Will Julius Randle & Trae Young Play Tonight? New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks Game 4: Prediction, Injuries, & Lineups

Published 05/29/2021, 2:30 PM CDT
May 28, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) shoots the ball past New York Knicks center Taj Gibson (67) and forward Julius Randle (30) in the second quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Knicks visit the Atlanta Hawks for the fourth game of their playoff series. This game is scheduled for 2:00 PM EST and is a must win for the Knicks if they want to tie the series.

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After a rather hard fought victory against the Hawks, the Knicks played their third game in Atlanta. While a road win is necessary for the Knicks, their most recent game didn’t go according to plan.

While veteran guard Derrick Rose continued his fantastic run of form scoring 30 points, the likes of Julius Randle and RJ Barrett have fizzled out in the postseason. Both Barrett and Randle combined for a disappointing total of 21 points. Apart from D-Rose, the Knicks can’t find a constant second scoring option and if this continues, the Knicks might be in huge trouble.

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May 28, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks center Taj Gibson (67) and Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) battle for the opening tip in the first quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawks, meanwhile, had a fantastic performance in their last game. Coming into the game with the series tied at 1-1, the Hawks had the home advantage for the next two games.

While game two was a one man show, their latest game saw multiple players step up and contribute offensively. With seven players scoring in double digits, the Hawks cruised to a 105-94 victory. The Hawks will look to continue their incredible form in the fourth game of the series and take a 3-1 lead.

Predictions

Despite being the higher seed in this match-up, the Knicks haven’t been in their best of forms in this series against the Hawks. With a misfiring offense, the Knicks need their breakout star in Julius Randle to step up to the occasion. The Hawks have shown that they are a cohesive unit on the floor and were fabulous in their home game. Considering that they have the home court advantage and a better all-round offensive system at place, the Hawks are clear favorites in this match-up.

New York Knicks: Injury updates and lineup prediction

The Knicks will only miss center Mitchell Robinson, who is out with a foot injury and is doubtful to make his return this season. Despite missing Robinson, the Knicks have enough quality players in their side to spark a probable comeback.

Apr 21, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Stars like Julius Randle and RJ Barrett have to step up for the Knicks and have will be pivotal in leveling this series against the Hawks.

Probable Lineup

RJ Barrett (G)

Derrick Rose (G)

Julius Randle (F)

Reggie Bullock (F)

Taj Gibson (C)

Atlanta Hawks injury updates and lineup prediction

The Hawks will be without a couple of players against the Knicks. Cam Reddish is out indefinitely with an Achilles injury while guard Brandon Goodwin is also sidelined indefinitely due to illness.

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

With momentum on their side, the Hawks will look to continue their winning form and take advantage of their home court. If they do win this game, they will be up 3-1 and in prime position to go through to the second round of the playoffs.

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 New York Knicks 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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