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Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics Odds
The Celtics will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Hawks tip off at TD Garden on Friday in NBA play.
The Celtics sit at 37-34 (33-35-3 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Hawks are currently 40-32 (35-35-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Boston is 35-35-1 OU, and Atlanta is 37-34-1 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 16-rated Celtics and the No. 20-rated Hawks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 99-97 win for the Celtics on Friday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 19-ranked offense (95.9 PPG) against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 13 at 97.1 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 46.1% from the field per game, less than the Hawks have managed so far this season (46.5% on average).
Defensively, the Hawks feature the league's No. 8-rated defense on the road, giving up 96 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 107-88 winner as they battled the Raptors on the road. The Hawks covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite, while 195 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Hawks got a 26-point performance from Al Horford, who added 12 rebounds as Atlanta ran past Toronto 107-88 on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.
Boston won its last outing, a 93-92 result against the Cavaliers on March 27. The Celtics failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point favorite, while the 185 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Celtics got 22 points from Brandon Bass as Boston ran past Cleveland 93-92 on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Orlando are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing New York are 8-2
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a win are 5-5
A few Hawks at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
Atlanta is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Boston is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Atlanta
Atlanta home to Orlando, Saturday, March 30
Boston at New York, Sunday, March 31