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Celtics Hawks Game 5 Preview

The Boston Celtics will be looking for another easy win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night as those two teams hit the hardwood in the fifth game of their first-round NBA playoff betting series.

Boston holds a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven set after cruising to a 101-79 home win in Game 4 on Sunday night. Rajon Rondo scored 20 points to go along with 16 assists for the Celtics in that victory.

Supporters of the Celtics have seen them go 39-27 and 34-31-1 ATS so far this season, while the Hawks are at 40-26 and 36-27-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Hawks are 33-31-2, while the Celtics are 29-37.

View Boston vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Atlanta opened as 2-point favorites, while the NBA total was set at 174 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawks sit at No. 10 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Celtics are at No. 17 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Hawks will win this game 96-95.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 96.6 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 2 at 89.3 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 45.4% so far, less than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 46% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Celtics own the league's No. 6-rated mark, allowing 94.3 points per game when on the road. Atlanta, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in home scoring.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 101-79 loser on the road against the Celtics. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (180) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Hawks were blown out by Boston on Sunday, losing by a 101-79 final at TD Garden in basketball betting action.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 7-3
After playing Atlanta are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3


A few Celtics at Hawks trends to consider:
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games on the road
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Atlanta's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Atlanta's last 11 games at home
Atlanta is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games at home

Next up:
Boston home to Atlanta, Thursday, May 10
Atlanta at Boston, Thursday, May 10