Free NBA Hoops Pick: Celtics vs. Hawks Lines
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(46-32) Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks (47-32)
Date: Saturday, April 9th 2016
Time: 7:35PM EST
Venue: Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Hawks -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 201 Points
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The Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. The regular season is winding down and both of these teams are locked into the playoffs, but the Hawks are still battling with the Heat in the Southeast.
Atlanta holds a lead in the Southeast, but the Heat are still knocking on the door.
Boston host Milwaukee tonight (Friday). Game time is a couple hours away at the time of writing. The Celtics are double-digit favorites against the Bucks and will likely win, but then they have to travel to Atlanta.
The Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10 games and on a 3-game winning streak. They recently beat GSW on the road, but Boston are just 20-20 in away games this season. Rest will also be an issue on the back-to-back.
Boston don’t have a superstar, but they’re one of the best offensive teams. They rank 5th in points scored (105.6 PPG), 6th in rebounds (45.2 RPG), 6th in assists (24.1 APG) and 13th in points allowed (102.3 PPG).
Eight players average over 20.0 MPG. That depth will make them a scary team once the playoffs start. Isaiah Thomas is the glue holding the Celtics together. He leads the team in points (22.4 PPG) and assists (6.3 APG).
Atlanta are playing good basketball right now as well. They’re 7-3 in their last 10 games and have won two in a row, which includes a big win over the Raptors on Thursday night. The Hawks have the night off tonight.
The Hawks rank 12th in points scored (102.8 PPG), 6th in points allowed (98.9 PPG), 2nd in assists (25.6 APG) and 25th in rebounds (42.0 RPG). They’re weak on the glass, but they play great team defense.
Paul Millsap leads the team in points (17.1 PPG) and rebounds (8.9 RPG). Jeff Teague and Al Horford are both averaging over 15.0 PPG as well. Kyle Korver is still struggling, but Kent Bazemore has had a good season.
NBA Betting Trends
- Celtics are 6-1 ATS in last 7 against Southeast.
- Celtics are 1-5 ATS in last 6 games.
- Hawks are 1-4 ATS in last 5 games.
- Under is 9-4 in last 13 H2H games in Atlanta.
- Under is 7-1 in Celtics last 8 games.
- Under is 9-3 in Hawks last 12 home games.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction:
My best bet is on the under 201 points. The under is 1-2 in the three H2H games this season. The last two games have had 210+ points. There are several reasons why I’m betting on the under.
First off, this is a big game for the Hawks if they want to keep the lead in the division.
Atlanta can play great defense when they buckle down, especially at home. Boston also have to play tonight and then travel tonight to Atlanta.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Under 201 Points (-110)
That’ll be tough and they should be sluggish to start the game.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 92 – Atlanta 96
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