Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Celtics vs. Hawks Lines
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(50-36) Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks (50-36)
Round 1: Game 5
Date: Tuesday April 26
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Philips Arena Atlanta, GA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Hawks -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 200
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The Celtics have won the last 2 games of this series, which is knotted at 2 games apiece. The big question is can they win on the road. The home team has won every game in this series and in the 2 games in Atlanta the Celtics failed to shoot over 40% from the floor in each one.
Including the playoffs the Hawks are 4-0 this season at home against the Celtics.
In Game 4 in Boston the Celtics beat the Hawks 104-95 in OT.
The Celtics came back from 3-points down at the end of the 3rd quarter to force OT, where they outscored the Hawks 12-3.
In Game 4 the Celtics did not have a great shooting game with a FG% of 42.6%, but they played solid D holding the Hawks to 37% shooting.
The Celtics got another big game from Isaiah Thomas in Game 4 going for 28 points. 4 of the Celtics starters scored at least 12 points and Marcus Smart came up HUGE off the bench going for 40 points.
The Celtics were 2 games under .500 on the road this regular season and they have lost their last 4 games away from Boston.
After not being a big factor in the first 3 games of this series Paul Millsap came up big in Game 4 going for a game-high 45 points on 19/31 shooting.
However, he did not get much help, as Jeff Teague and Al Horford, who are the other 2 leading scorers for the season, combined for only 18 points on terrible 6/26 shooting.
The Hawks were up 13 points in the 3rd quarter and let the Celtics come back. If they get up big at home they cannot take their foot off the pedal, as they have to put the Celtics away.
Atlanta has to be more aggressive and get to the hoop and not settle for jumpers. In the Game 4 loss they only took 13 free throws.
Teague not only has to have a better shooting night, but also set up Millsap and Horford up for easy buskets in the paint.
The Hawks are 28-14 at home this season and they have won their last 6 games in their house.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Celtics have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
- Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Hawks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Hawks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 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. 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.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hawks -6.5
There is no place like home rings true for this series so far and that will continue with the Hawks taking Game 5 for a 3-2 series lead.
The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games between these teams and that trend will also continue, as Atlanta will also cover the 6.5-point spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 105 – Boston 98
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