Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Celtics vs Hawks Lines
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(48-35) Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks (49-34)
Round 1: Game 2
Date: Tuesday April 19
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Philips Arena Atlanta, GA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Hawks -6
NBA Betting Total: 205.5
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The Hawks withstood a big rally up 16 points to win Game 1 102-101.
Atlanta is 3-0 this season at home facing the Celtics.
The Celtics suffered a big blow in Game 1 not only losing, but they will likely be without 2nd leading scorer and their best perimeter defender in Avery Bradley, who left Game 1 with a hamstring injury.
Game 1 was not very pretty with the Celtics only shooting 36.3% from the floor and the Hawks not much better at 40.7% from the floor.
Isaiah Thomas was the high scorer for the Celtics in Game 1 going for 27 points on 8/21 shooting.
Bradley was the 2nd leading scorer for Boston in the game and with him out some of the other players have to step up, especially G Marcus Smart, who should take his spot in the starting lineup.
The Celtics have to get off to a better start in this game then they did in Game 1 when they were down by 11 points after the first quarter and down 17 at the half.
With Bradley out Boston has to be more aggressive in this game and not count on perimeter scoring. In Game 1 they only took 19 free throws while the Hawks took 35.
The Celtics were 2 games under .500 on the road this season and they have lost their last 2 games away from Boston.
Jeff Teague and Al Horford combined for 47 points in Game 1 and while leading scorer for the season Paul Millsap only went for 14 points he shot 6/11 from the field and fellow FW Kent Bazemore came up big going for 23 points.
Atlanta allowed the Celtics to come back from 19 points in the 2nd half to almost steal the game.
The Hawks were ice-cold from deep in Game 1 only hitting on 5 of their 27 3-pointers. Sharpshooter Kyle Korver stunk up the game only making 1 of his 10 shots and missing all 7 of his 3-pointers.
Atlanta is a much better team in the paint and they have to keep feeding the big guys inside mainly Millsap and Horford.
The Hawks are 28-14 at home this season and they have won their last 4 games on their floor.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 4-7 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Celtics are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games.
- Celtics have an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 road games.
- Hawks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Hawks are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up win.
- Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction:
The Celtics covered the spread in Game 1, but that will not happen in Game 2. They do not have Bradley and the Hawks will pump the ball inside and not shoot the deep ball so poorly like in Game 1.
The Hawks had covered the spread in the 2 regular season games facing the Celtics before failing to do so in Game 1.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hawks -6
However, in this game they will not let the Celtics back in and they will win and cover in their house taking a 2-0 lead in this series.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 103 – Boston 96
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