The battle between the Celtics and Hawks didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Atlanta was handed a 99-76 defeat on Monday at Philips Arena.
Bettors who backed the Celtics were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as an underdog of 3.5 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 192.5.
Kevin Garnett had 17 points for Boston and Nate Robinson chipped in with 16 points. Nate Robinson had 10 assists for the Celtics, while Shaquille O'Neal was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 11 boards.
Atlanta got 11 points from Mike Bibby in a losing cause and another 10 points from Josh Powell. Jamal Crawford contributed 6 assists for the Hawks, while Jordan Crawford had 7 rebounds.
The Celtics hit the break leading 64-42 before taking care of business in the second half.
The rebound battle favored Boston as they grabbed 50 boards, while Atlanta only had 30.
Next game, Boston takes its act home to face New Jersey looking for another win. For Atlanta, they head on the road to face New Jersey.