The Hawks are 31-12.
Atlanta’s success under Nate McMillan should have erased any notion that Philadelphia would have an easy road to the Eastern Conference finals, but the challenge they are set to face in the second round only grew more daunting in Game 4 of their first-round series against the Washington Wizards. With Embiid out in Game 5 against the Wizards, Philadelphia didn’t turn to backup center Dwight Howard or power forward Mike Scott. Trae Young ran wild against the Knicks, and while Ben Simmons probably could defend him, asking him to while also generating most of Philadelphia’s shots on offense would be too much for a single star to handle. Young held his own against them in the regular season, averaging 29 points on 50 percent shooting in two games, but the playoffs are another animal, and Atlanta’s supporting cast is going to be put to the test with Philadelphia’s two defensive stars hounding Young.