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2021 NBA Handicapping
(11-16) Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics (14-13)
Date: Wednesday, February 17th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
On Wednesday, February 17th the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics meet for the first time this season. The Celtics possess a current seven-game win streak versus the Hawks.
The Celtics hold the all-time record between the clubs with 236 wins in 379 meetings. Last season, the teams played three times with Boston taking all three contests.
The free fall continues as the Hawks have lost four in a row and six of their last seven games. The most recent occurred on Monday night when Atlanta fell to the Knicks 112-123.
That both teams are struggling should be a harbinger of hope for the Hawks but the Celtics have owned Atlanta particularly the past two seasons as they swept the regular-season series.
The copious injuries the Hawks are dealing with are definitely an issue as the team struggles to collect victories.Trae Young has a thumb injury he’s playing through and is listed as probable for Wednesday.
Rajon Rondo (back) and Tony Snell (Achilles) missed the game in New York and are questionable for Wednesday.
Kris Dunn hasn’t played this season healing from offseason knee ankle surgery and the team stated he would be out at least two more weeks as of January 28th which means an update should come this week.
Bogdan Bogdanovic has missed 18 games, with an avulsion fracture to his knee, and will be out at least until March. Additionally, De’Andre Hunter suffered an articular tear in his right knee and won’t return until April.
Entering Tuesday’s game versus the Nuggets, the Celtics had lost four of their last five contests. It wasn’t a perfect game but Boston was able to lock down defensively and stop the losing skid and capture a quality win.
Jayson Tatum is in a bit of a shooting slump having registered a season-low of six points on 3 of 14 shooting versus the Wizards. It was the only time this season he failed to score in double-figures.
He was better on Tuesday with 20 points, however, the shooting is still concerning as he shot 6 of 18 from the field and 1 of 8 from deep against Denver.
Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 27 points but unlike Tatum was hot from deep (5 of 10). Kemba Walker scored 17 as the only other Celtic to reach double-digits.
Daniel Theis missed the game Tuesday with a finger injury and is questionable for Wednesday.
Marcus Smart missed his ninth game in a row; a period in which the Celtics have registered a 4-5 record. The calf injury will keep him out until late February.
Romeo Langford underwent wrist surgery and will be out for up to five months.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics are 9-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Celtics are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
If the hobbled Hawks are to win either game versus Boston the first is more likely given their rest advantage. Moreover, Atlanta’s transition defense will give Boston trouble.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics ATS
Still, I think Boston is licking their lips over the prospect of consecutive games versus Atlanta. The oddsmakers opened with an over/under of 5.5 points but shifted to 3 in the update so I’m all in on Boston now.
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