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Celtics vs Hawks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks
- Where: Atlanta at State Farm Arena
- Date: Saturday, March 11th
- Betting Odds ATL +4.5, BOS -185 | ATL +153 O/U 235.0
The Celtics come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 46-21. So far, the team has gone 34-31-2 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
The Celtics will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Trail Blazers by a score of 115-93. Heading into the game, they were 9 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Boston played well enough in the second half to prevent the Trail Blazers from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 15 going into halftime. In the win, Jayson Tatum led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 64.7%.
The Hawks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 34-33. So far, the team has gone 30-36-1 against the spread. Against the Celtics, the Hawks are looking to add to their current 2 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 4.5.
In their previous game, the Hawks took down the Wizards by a score of 114-107. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 1 point favorites. In the game, Atlanta was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Wizards by 6 going into the second half. In the win, Trae Young led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 47.4%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Celtics picked up the win 126-101 win over the Hawks. Heading into the game, Boston was the 1.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Last year, the Celtics saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Hawks, averaging 100.75 points per game. Like the Celtics, the Hawks scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 102.75 points per game vs Boston. The Celtics have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 3 points per game. A combined average of 207 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 0-5.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Boston offense is the 4th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.6 points per contest. The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.9 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Boston is ranked 10th in fewest turnovers per game.
So far, the Celtics have played well defensively, as they are ranked 1st in the league at 104.48 points per contest.
This season, the Celtics offense has primarily worked through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 62 games, Tatum is 6th in the NBA at 30.3 points per game. So far, him and Brown have accounted for 47% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 56.7 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaylen Brown is grabbing 7.0 rebounds for Boston to go along with 3.3 assists.
Atlanta will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 117.2 points per game (5th). Coming into today’s game, the Hawks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.8 made 3’s per game. Although Atlanta has struggled with their outside shot, they have done a good job taking care of the ball, averaging just 12.3 turnovers per game.
Against the Celtics, the Hawks will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 21st in points allowed.
On offense, Trae Young leads the Hawks in scoring at 26.7 points per game, placing him 14th in the NBA. Overall, Young has hit 43.2% of his shots while accounting for 21.2% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 21st in points allowed to point-guards. At 20.9 points per game, Dejounte Murray is the 2nd leading scorer for the Hawks. For the season, he is 85th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.6%.
Celtics vs Hawks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hawks +4.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 235.0