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Celtics face Hawks: NBA odds preview

Boston CelticsAtlanta Hawks
April 1, 8:00 PM | Philips Arena

Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks Odds

52-22TEAM RECORD43-32

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Friday when the Hawks try to run the Celtics off the court at Philips Arena in pro hoops action.

The Hawks sit at 43-32 (35-40 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Celtics are currently 52-22 (34-38-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Atlanta is 32-43 OU, and Boston is 35-39 OU.

View Boston vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 16-rated Hawks and the No. 10-rated Celtics in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 100-95 win for the Celtics 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. 13 in the league with 6.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 26 with 5 per outing.

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 90.5 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.

Boston won its last outing, a 107-97 result against the Spurs on March 31. The Celtics covered in that game as a 1.5-point underdog, while the 204 combined points took the game OVER the total. San Antonio was victimized for 22 points and 14 assists by Rajon Rondo as the Celtics defeated the Spurs 107-97 in NBA action on Thursday.

The Hawks were an 85-82 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Magic. They covered the 3.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (167) made winners of UNDER bettors. Josh Smith went off for 26 points and added 6 rebounds leading Atlanta over Orlando, 85-82, on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Detroit are 7-3
After playing San Antonio are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Houston are 3-7
After playing Orlando are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Celtics at Hawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 12 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Boston's last 21 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Atlanta's last 15 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Atlanta's last 21 games when playing at home against Boston

Next up:
Boston home to Detroit, Sunday, April 3
Atlanta at Houston, Sunday, April 3