Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Celtics vs Hawks Lines
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(50-35) Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics (49-36)
Round 1: Game 4
Date: Sunday April 24
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden Boston, MA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -2
NBA Betting Total: 204.5
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The Celtics lost the first 2 games of this series in Atlanta, but they won Game 3 behind 40 points from leading scorer Isaiah Thomas.
However, will he play in Game 4? He took a shot at an Atlanta player in the first quarter with a clenched fist and there is a legit shot he will not go in this game.
If Thomas will not play the Celtics will be behind the 8-ball big time, as they are already without 2nd leading scorer Avery Bradley for the series with a hamstring injury.
In Game 3 in Boston the Celtics beat the Hawks 111-103.
In Game 3 the Hawks shot 44.2% from the field, but they struggled from deep only shooting a 3-pt FG% of 25% (9/36).
Kent Bazemore and Jeff Teague combined for 43 points in the Game 3 loss, but where has Paul Millsap been in this series.
He led the Hawks in scoring in the regular season, but has only scored 26 points in the first 3 games of this series.
The Hawks need to get back to feeding Millsap and Al Horford, who also failed to score in double figures in Game 3.
Kyle Korver had a 2nd straight solid game shooting the ball from 3-pt land (5/9), but the rest of the team was only 4 for 27.
The Hawks did have a winning record on the road this season, but they have lost their last 4 games away from Atlanta.
Will Thomas play or won’t he? That is the big question for Boston. I don’t think he will, as the league warned teams about the type of contact he initiated in Game 3 and he may be riding pine.
After failing to shoot over 40% from the floor in the first 2 games of this series the Celtics shot 46.3% from the field in Game 3.
Thomas went for 40 points in the Game 3 win and 4 of the 5 Celtics starters scored in double figures.
If Thomas cannot go Marcus Smart and Evan Turner will really have to provide the offensive spark for a Boston squad that did not have one frontcourt player average over 11 ppg this season.
Boston may have their backs against the wall in this game if Thomas cannot go and they got some solid contributions from other players in Game 3 and they must have that in this game if their leading scorer is on the sidelines.
The Celtics are 29-13 at home this season and they have won 6 of their last 7 home games,
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hawks are 0-5 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
- Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
No Thomas no win for the Celtics.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hawks +2
While the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 games between these teams that trend will not continue in Game 4.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 100 – Boston 96
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