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ATL-BOS Series Could Be Must-See TV

In what could prove to be one of the most entertaining series in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics get things underway at Philips Arena in Georgia Saturday evening. Both teams finished with 48-34 records but the Hawks proved to be a tough opponent for the C’s during the regular season.

Shark Bites
  • The Hawks went 2-6 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last five games with two days off.
  • The Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.

These two teams enter the series off of opposite expectations and results during the regular season. Many felt the Celtics were on the way to becoming a playoff team but surprised playing and an offensive brand of basketball that few could contain.

The Hawks were coming off a 60-win season in 2014-15 but failed to impress during the early stages of the campaign. It wasn’t really until after the All-Star break where the Hawks really started to click, playing incredible defense and resembling the team that looked like the “Spurs of the East” last season.

The two Eastern Conference opponents squared off four times during the regular season and after the Celtics won 106-93 in the first meeting on November 13, it was all Hawks in the next three contests. The Hawks went 3-0 straight up and against the spread and the OVER cashed in the final three meetings as the Hawks put up huge scoring numbers in those games averaging 116 points per game and winning the three by an average of 14.3 points per game and averaged.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the Atlanta Hawks as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as -4-point favorites on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 207 for Saturday at shops such as MyBookie.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 106-105 result in favor of the Celtics. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Atlanta Hawks currently sport a record of 48-34, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 41-39-2 ATS. The Boston Celtics are 48-34 and 41-39-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Hawks post a 37-43-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Celtics have gone 39-42-1 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Atlanta vs Boston injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Atlanta Hawks at No. 7 and the Boston Celtics at No. 16 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Boston Celtics rank No. 6 in the league with 44.91 per game. That compares with Atlanta's No. 24 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Atlanta is the NBA's No. 6-ranked team at 9.94 per game, while the Boston Celtics rate No. 12 with 8.74 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Boston got 21 points from Isaiah Thomas en route to a 98-88 victory over Miami on Wednesday at TD Garden.

Al Horford scored 19 points in a failed effort to lead the Hawks to victory (they lost 109-98 to Washington at Verizon Center on Wednesday).

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 12 games
  • Boston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Atlanta is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Atlanta is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
  • Atlanta is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Atlanta, Tuesday, April 19th