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Celtics take on Hawks in hoops contest

Boston CelticsAtlanta Hawks
Jan 5, 7:00 PM | Philips Arena

Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks Odds

15-17TEAM RECORD20-11

The Hawks will hit the floor running against the visiting Boston Celtics on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Hawks are 20-11 so far on the season, and 13-17-1 ATS vs. the number. The Celtics, meanwhile, are 15-17 and 11-18-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Atlanta go 15-15-1 and the Celtics go 16-15-1 on the totals.

View Boston vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Celtics were listed as 4.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 185.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hawks at No. 13 and the Celtics at No. 25 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 98-95 result in favor of the Hawks.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 97.4 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 15 at 97.2 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 45.6% so far, less than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 46% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Celtics own the league's No. 15-rated mark, allowing 99.9 points per game when playing on the road. Atlanta, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in scoring on their home court.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 94-75 winner as they battled the Pacers at home. The Celtics covered in the match as a 3-point favorite, while 169 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Celtics grabbed a 94-75 win over the Pacers on Friday, behind an 18 -point effort from Kevin Garnett at TD Garden.

Atlanta was an 85-84 loser in its last match on the road against the Pistons. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 169 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Josh Smith scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Hawks to victory (they lost 85-84 to Detroit at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday).

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing New York are 9-1
After playing Indiana are 4-6
After a win are 2-8

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few Celtics at Hawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 9 games at home
Atlanta is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games at home
Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Boston at New York, Monday, January 7
Atlanta at Minnesota, Tuesday, January 8