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Celtics Desperate to Pull Even With ATL

Isaiah Thomas Boston Celtics NBA Playoffs

After just missing in Game 1 and then being thoroughly outplayed in Game 2 in the opening two games of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics put together a solid performance in Game 3 with a 111-103 victory on their own floor. The C’s will look to keep the momentum going and even things up in Game 4 at the TD Garden Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The Hawks are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games.
  • The home team is 6-2 ATS in the previous eight meetings.
  • UNDER is 10-1 in the Celtics last 11 games following an ATS win.

The Celtics are currently pegged as 2-point home favorites at online shop Bovada. The total is presently set at 204 with OVER -105 and UNDER -115.

Isaiah Thomas came out possessed and looked assured that the Celtics would not fall to 3-0. The diminutive point guard was 12-24 from the field and 13-15 from the charity stripe as he finished with an electric 42 points in the win.

The former Washington Husky is actually lucky to be playing in Game 4 after an altercation with Dennis Schroder, however. The two were slapped with double techs with Thomas having to be restrained. Thomas actually delivered a forearm to Schroder that was reviewed after the game and decided that further punishment was not warranted. If anything the heated battle between the two guards does add a spicy layer to an already-competitive series.

The C’s have covered the number in two of the three games thus far but it was the Hawks who dominated in the regular season. Atlanta had gone 3-1 straight up and against the spread in the four regular season meetings.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Boston Celtics opened as -2-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 205 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 109-100 win for the Hawks on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Atlanta Hawks will try to spoil the party on Sunday; they are 42-41-2 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Boston Celtics are 43-40-2 ATS. Atlanta is 38-45-2 vs the betting total points scored; Boston is 40-44-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Atlanta injuries news.

The Celtics - Hawks betting odds would favor the Hawks if the lines were set according to power rankings. Boston is rated No. 16 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Atlanta Hawks sit at No. 7.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Boston's No. 5-ranked offense averaging 105.33 PPG, against a Atlanta Hawks defense that ranks No. 6 at 99.07 PPG. The Boston Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 43.73% so far, less than the Atlanta Hawks shooters have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Atlanta suffered a 111-103 loss against Boston on Friday, getting 23 points from Jeff Teague in a losing effort at TD Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Atlanta is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
  • Atlanta is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 15 games
  • Boston is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Boston is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games at home

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