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2021 NBA Handicapping
(12-16) Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics (14-14)
Date: Friday, February 19th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Hawks +163 | Celtics -196
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 226
On Friday, February 19th the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics meet for the second time this season and the second time in three days. On Wednesday, the Hawks ended a seven-game win streak the Celtics had versus Atlanta via a 122-114 effort.
The Celtics hold the all-time record between the clubs with 236 in 380 meetings. Last season, the teams played three times with Boston taking all three contests.
The past few weeks for the Hawks haven’t been great with the team losing seven of their last nine matches. They did end the four-game losing streak and will need to bring that same effort and focus to the Garden on Friday.
Arguably the best commentary of the Hawks’ season followed the Wednesday win, as assistant coach, Nate McMillan referred to the troubles Atlanta has experienced particularly in close games. McMillan cited the Hawks as playing ’emotionally drunk’ in those moments.
While Atlanta established a 13-point lead, Boston threatened to come back, but the trio of Trae Young, John Collins, and Clint Capella made sure history didn’t repeat not allowing the Celtics closer than five points.
Young delivered a 40 point, eight assist performance while Capella registered a 24 point, 13 rebound double-double, and Collins added 20 points with six rebounds. Cam Reddish (13) was the only other double-figure contributor.
Atlanta’s bench was held to 18 points while the Celtics countered with 25 points.
Rajon Rondo (back) is questionable while DeAndre Hunter (knee), Kris Dunn (ankle), and Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) are all out.
After two poor shooting games, Jayson Tatum delivered a much more typical effort on Wednesday with 35 points on 11 of 21 from the field. Although his perimeter stroke remains off (3 of 9). In addition, he grabbed six rebounds, dished six assists, plus two steals.
Although Jaylen Brown has arguably been the most consistent Celtic player he struggled shooting 6 of 20 from the field and 2 of 7 from deep.
Brown managed to register 20 points aided by eight free throws and added three rebounds and seven assists. Notably, Jaylen is listed as questionable for Friday after tweaking his knee.
Tristan Thompson (14) and Payton Pritchard (11) were the other double-figure contributors.
Not to beat a dead horse but the absence of Marcus Smart continues to be noticeable in the Celtics defense and overall energy as Boston is 4-6 without him. He remains out on Friday as is Romeo Langford.
Daniel Theis missed the last two games and Kemba Walker was out for rest on the second game of a back-to-back but both are likely to play Friday. Tacko Fall (ankle) is day-to-day.
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:
Neither squad shot well from deep on Wednesday but the area the Hawks dominated was paint scoring. Atlanta dropped 60 of their 114 points in the paint. That was a 14 point differential as the Celtics scored 46 points in the paint.
While the Hawks don’t scream top defenders they continue to excel at stopping teams in transition holding the Bean Town crew to eight fast break points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics ATS
Brown is a warrior so if the knee isn’t a huge issue he’s likely to play and with Walker back it should favor the Celtics as Brad Stevens is one of the best coaches at making adjustments.
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