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Hawks open as NBA underdog vs Celtics

Atlanta HawksBoston Celtics
17-14December 31, 2013, 01:00 | TD Garden13-17



The Celtics hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Tuesday as the Hawks pay a visit to TD Garden in NBA betting action.

The Celtics bring a 13-17 record (15-15 ATS) to the battle against the 17-14 Hawks, who are 17-14 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Boston go 12-18 so far and the Hawks go 20-10-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Celtics as -2-point Favorite on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 200.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Celtics rated this week at No. 20 and the Hawks sitting at No. 8. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 94-90 result in favor of the Hawks today.

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The Hawks were a 109-102 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Magic. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (211) made winners of OVER bettors. The Hawks endured a 109-102 loss at the hands of the Magic on Sunday, despite a 22-point effort from Jeff Teague at Amway Center.

The Celtics were a 103-100 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Cavaliers. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (203) made winners of OVER bettors. Boston got 19 points from Jordan Crawford en route to a 103-100 victory over Cleveland on Saturday at TD Garden.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 24-ranked offense (95.23 PPG) against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 19 at 101.74 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 45.26% from the field per game, less than the Hawks have managed so far this season (46.76% on average).

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


Next up:
Atlanta home to Golden State, Friday, January 3rd
Boston at Chicago, Thursday, January 2nd

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