Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Hawks vs Celtics Lines
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Round 1: Game 3
Date: Friday April 22
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden Boston, MA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -3
NBA Betting Total: 200.5
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The Hawks are up 2-0 in this series and after a close call in Game 1 they throttled the Celtics in Game 2.
Including this series the Hawks are 5-1 this season against the Celtics, whose 1 win was at home where they are the betting favorites in this game.
In Game 2 the Hawks beat the Celtics 89-72.
The Hawks got off to a fast start in Game 2 outscoring the Celtics 24-7 and after that they never looked back. For the 2nd straight game they did not shoot the rock well, but they played great defense holding the Celtics to a FG% of 31.8%.
The Hawks got a terrible Game 2 performance from the 2 forwards of Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore, a combined 9 points on 3/26 shooting, but Al Horford and Jeff Teague combined for 30 points and Kyle Korver chipped in with 17.
The Hawks have won both games in this series with their solid D, which has held the Celtics to under 40% shooting in each game. If they can do that again in this game they will take a 3-0 lead in this best of 7 series.
This season the Hawks are 21-20 on the road, but they have lost their last 3 road games.
It is pretty easy for the Celtics, as they have to shoot the rock better to win. I mean their 7 points was the fewest in a playoff game since the NBA instituted the shot clock.
Isaiah Thomas was only 4/15 from the floor in the Game 2 loss and he was the high scorer for the Celtics in the game with 16 points. Only 2 starters in Game 2 scored in double figures and with Avery Bradley out Marcus Smart and company have to help Thomas on the offensive end of the floor.
The Celtics only were 5/28 from 3-point land in Game 2, which was just as many long balls as Kyle Korver made.
Boston has to be worried, as the Hawks main advantage in this series is inside, but the forwards for Atlanta struggled, big time, in Game 2 and the Hawks still won easily. Thomas has to have a good shooting night and the guards have to step up in the absence of Bradley.
Celtics backup big man Kelly Olynyk is questionable for Game 3 with a shoulder injury.
The Celtics are 28-13 at home this season and they have won 5 of their last 6 games in their house.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Hawks are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games following a straight up win.
- Hawks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Celtics are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 home games.
- Celtics are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. li>
- Celtics have an Under record of 9-4 in their last 13 home games.
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
The Celtics are back at home, but can they get back in this series after the Game 2 embarrassing loss? I would say no.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hawks +3
The Hawks will not get a blowout again, but they will not only cover they spread they will win as well taking a commanding 3-0 lead in this series.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 99 – Boston 97
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