Having lost at home to the Boston Celtics once already this season the Atlanta Hawks will be looking for a better result on the NBA lines when they're the hosts once again on Friday night.
Boston topped Atlanta 89-81 as a 5.5-point road underdog when those Eastern Conference teams last met on January 5. That made the Hawks 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS over their last five games against the Celtics, with the OVER/UNDER 2-3 in those five contests.
This season the Hawks are 24-18 overall and 17-23-2 ATS against the number, while the Celtics are 20-22 and 15-24-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Atlanta is 20-21-1 on the OU, and Boston is 19-22-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 17-rated Hawks and the No. 23-rated Celtics in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 96-94 win for the Hawks on Friday.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Atlanta's No. 26-rated squad against Boston's No. 29-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Atlanta rates No. 4 in the league with 8.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 28 with 5.4 per outing.
Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 15-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.7 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the league in scoring at home.
The Celtics were an 89-86 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Knicks. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (175) made winners of UNDER bettors. Boston got 23 points and 10 rebounds from Rajon Rondo in a losing cause in an 89-86 loss to New York on Thursday at TD Garden.
Atlanta won its last outing, a 104-92 result against the Bobcats on January 23. The Hawks covered in that game as a 2.5-point favorite, while the 196 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Bobcats were burned for 30 points by Josh Smith on Wednesday as the Hawks picked up a 104-92 win at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing New York are 8-2
After a loss are 3-7
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing New York are 4-6
After playing Charlotte are 6-4
After a win are 4-6
A few Celtics at Hawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 11 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing at home against Boston
Atlanta is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 11 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games at home
Boston home to Miami, Sunday, January 27
Atlanta at New York, Sunday, January 27