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Soaring Hawks are Riding a Seven-Game Winning Streak

The Atlanta Hawks have been one of the most up-and-down teams in the NBA, but they’re currently riding a seven-game winning streak into Friday’s home contest against the Boston Celtics. Sportsbooks opened the Hawks as 2.5-point home faves with an OVER/UNDER of 214.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Celtics' last three games against the Hawks.
  • The Celtics are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games on the road.
  • The Celtics are 0-7 SU in their last seven games on the road against the Hawks.

The biggest storyline in this game will be the return of ex-Hawks big man Al Horford. Horford played his first nine seasons in Atlanta and developed into one of the most dominant big men in the Association in his time there. The center is averaging 15.3 points in his first season with Boston, along with career highs in assists (4.9), blocked shots (1.9) and free-throw percentage (84.5 percent).

Atlanta is averaging 106.4 points per game during its winning streak while holding six of its last seven opponents to fewer than 100 points.

Boston is also riding a hot streak, having won 11 of its last 14 games to hold on to third place in the Eastern Conference. The C’s will be without Avery Bradley, Tyler Zeller and James Young tonight, as the trio are battling injuries at the moment.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Boston Celtics listed as 2.5-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 213 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

A 115-98 result in favor of the Hawks is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. 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 22-16 and 20-18 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Boston Celtics sit at 24-15 and 22-16-1 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 14-23-1 for the Atlanta Hawks and 21-18 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. 23 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Boston Celtics sit at No. 7.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Atlanta's No. 13-rated NBA squad against Boston's No. 28-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Atlanta rates No. 22 in the league with 8.71 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 3 with 11.85 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Isaiah Thomas went off for 38 points and added 6 rebounds leading Boston to a 117-108 win over Washington on Wednesday at TD Garden.

The battle between the Hawks and Nets didn't turn out to be much of a battle at all as Brooklyn was handed a 117-97 defeat on Tuesday at Barclays Center.

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