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(9-9) Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks (3-15)
Date: Friday, November 23
Time: 7:30PM EST
State Farm Arena, Atlanta Georgia
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -8
NBA Betting Total: 220
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Friday, November 23 finds the Boston Celtics meeting up vs. the Atlanta Hawks as they meet for the first time in the 2018-19 regular season. In their last match Boston hosted the New York Knicks and lost 109-117. The Hawks hosted the Toronto Raptors and lost 124-108.
Last season, the Celtics won three of the four games between the squads. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Hawks in 229 of their 372 matches.
The topsy-turvy offense of the Celtics continues with impressive wins followed by disheartening losses. Kyrie Irving however is looking sharper although the remainder of the squad has yet to find a rhythm. Things came to a head in the match versus the Knicks as the Celtics fell behind by 26 points.
Six players scored in double digits with Irving leading the way with 22 and Marcus Morris contributing 21. The other four players were Gordon Hayward (19), Al Horford (19), Jayson Tatum (15) and Jaylen Brown (11). Still, Boston’s biggest issue is falling behind early in matches.
Gordon Hayward has been moved to the bench in an effort to kick start the Celtics offense and get youngsters Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown contributing at the level they were last season.
The trick will be to find a balance as these recent changes saw them fall out of their top rated defensive position to second. Al Horford captains the defensive end but his current health is an issue which may need to be addressed with rest.
To that end, Horford mayb be held out Friday to rest his sore left knee. Jabari Bird (personal) remains out having yet to make his season debut.
Although the Hawks are struggling to capture wins they often compete deep into the fourth quarter. The issue tends to be sustaining their efforts through 48 minutes.
That said, conceivably Hawks management likely desires a top lottery pick. Therefore, their ideal scenario is developing the youthful core, being competitive but losing more than winning.
Vince Carter scored 14 points versus his first team the Raptors which allowed him to reach the exclusive 25,000 point club. But the final score versus Toronto was more a result of the game being over well before the buzzer and playing the end of the Raptors bench.
Alex Len (back) didn’t play against the Raptors and his status for Friday’s matchup against the Celtics is questionable. Omari Spellman (right hip contusion) has missed the last two games and is questionable Friday. Alex Poythress (left ankle contusion) missed the Raptors match Wednesday and is also questionable for Friday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Celtics are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games.
- Hawks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Hawks are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 matches.
- Teams are 5-5 in last 10 head to head contests.
- Over Under is 5-4-1 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction:
Kyrie Irving is frustrated by the teams .500 record an will undoubtedly be looking to take it out on the Hawks. Expect Boston to be sharp on both ends and win this game handily.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 110 – Hawks 100
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