Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Celtics vs Hawks Lines
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(48-34) Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks (48-34)
Round 1: Game 1
Date: Saturday April 16
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Philips Arena Atlanta, GA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Hawks -5
NBA Betting Total: 204.5
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Both of these teams had the same record, but the Hawks have the home court advantage, which is HUGE since this season the Celtics were 2 games under .500 on the road (19-21).
The Hawks won 3 of 4 games facing the Celtics this season including both at home.
In their last games of the regular season the Celtics beat the Miami Heat 98-88 and the Hawks lost to the Washington Wizards 109-98.
The Celtics had lost 2 straight before a win in their last game facing the Heat where they had their biggest comeback of the season down 26 and still getting the W.
The Celtics rank a legit 5th in the league in scoring and 13th in opponents’ points per game.
The Celtics have to play better D than they did in their 2 games at Atlanta this season where they gave up 121 points and 118 points respectively.
In their game where they gave up 118 it was the 3rd to last game of the season where Boston shot 44.4% from the field and Atlanta shot 52.3% from the field.
Boston is led by the backcourt duo of Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley. It is key that the Celtics have good ball movement in this game and shoot the rock well.
They only have 2 big guys that are averaging in double figures in Jared Sullinger (10.3 ppg) and Kelly Olynyk (10 ppg).
The Celtics offense has been decent in their 4 meetings with the Hawks this season, but they cannot give up around 120 ppg and expect to come away with a win in this game.
The Celtics did win 2 of their last 3 road games, but they lost their last one, which was to the Hawks in Atlanta.
Paul Millsap leads the Hawks in scoring and in the late home win over the Celtics he had a big game going for 31 points and grabbing 16 boards.
The Hawks are balanced ranking 12th in the league in scoring and 6th in opponents’ points allowed. You can also say they are balanced, as their top 3 scorers are PF Millsap, PG Jeff Teague, and Al Horford.
Atlanta was lights out on offense in both home games against the Celtics this season and Boston needs to slow down the pace and play solid D.
The Hawks are 27-14 at home this season and they have won their last 3 games in their house.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
- Celtics are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Hawks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Hawks are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction:
The Hawks had the Celtics number this season, especially at home and look for that to continue in Game 1 of this series.
While the Hawks will not light up the scoreboard like they did in the 2 home wins over the Celtics this season they will win and cover.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hawks -5
The home team has covered the spread in 4 of the last 5 games between these teams and that will continue in Game 1 of this series in Atlanta.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 106 – Boston 100
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