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Floundering Hawks are Limping into the Playoffs

The Atlanta Hawks have hit an absolute wall and are skidding their way into the playoffs thanks to nine losses in 11 games. Things won’t get any easier on Thursday when they welcome the second-place team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics, to town. Sportsbooks opened the Hawks as 3-point home underdogs with a total of 213.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the Celtics' last five games against the Hawks.
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of the Hawks' last 10 games.
  • The Hawks are 1-7 SU and ATS in their last eight games at home against teams with winning records.

Boston is playing in the second half of a back-to-back set after getting thumped 114-91 by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday to fall one game back in the battle for the No. 1 seed. Isaiah Thomas continues to be a marvel for the Celts, topping the 20-point mark in 13 of his last 14 contests.

Atlanta got all-star power forward Paul Millsap back from an eight-game absence on Sunday but the big man struggled to the tune of a 4-of-14 shooting effort in a 91-82 setback to the lowly Brooklyn Nets. Millsap clearly isn’t operating at full strength yet, and it will be important for the sixth-seeded Hawks to get him into game shape come playoff time.

The teams split two previous meetings this season, with the road squad triumphing each time. The Hawks rolled to a 114-98 win on February 27 while the Celtics notched a 103-101 victory on January 13.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the Atlanta Hawks as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as 3-point underdogs on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 213 for Thursday at shops such as MyBookie.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 109-105 victory for 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 sport a record of 39-38 and 35-42 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Boston Celtics sit at 50-28 and 39-38-1 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 29-46-2 for the Atlanta Hawks and 36-39-3 for the Boston Celtics. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Atlanta vs Boston injuries news.

The Hawks - Celtics betting odds would favor the Celtics if the lines were set according to power rankings. Atlanta is rated No. 25 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Boston Celtics sit at No. 9.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Atlanta's No. 8-rated NBA squad against Boston's No. 27-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Atlanta rates No. 21 in the league with 8.77 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 4 with 11.88 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Boston was crushed on Wednesday, getting run out of the gym by Cleveland and falling 114-91 at TD Garden.

Atlanta suffered a 91-82 loss against Brooklyn on Sunday, getting 16 points from Dennis Schroder in a losing effort at Barclays Center.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Boston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 12 games on the road
  • Atlanta is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games
  • Atlanta is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Atlanta's last 10 games
  • Atlanta is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games at home

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