Two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Eastern Conference table are clashing today, when the Boston Celtics (42-27), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, re hosting the Atlanta Hawks (24-45), who want to extend their current small winning streak.

Date/Time: 03-16-2019, 12:30 EDT

Spread: Boston Celtics -10.5

Total: +231.5

Boston Celtics have a 42-27 record (34-34-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Kings with a 126-120 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.5 ppg, adding 4.9 boards and a team high 7.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 16.1 ppg and 6.1 boards per game.

Atlanta Hawks have a 24-45 record (34-35 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Grizzlies with a 132-111 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.9 ppg, adding a team high 9.8 boards per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Trae Young with 18.3 ppg and a team high 7.8 dimes per game.

Celtics have won all three previous meetings against the Hawks this season, winning the previous home game by 21 points. Celtics have a 25-10 home record, while the Hawks are 11-24 on the road. Both teams are almost equal offensively, scoring 112.7 and 112.5 ppg, while Celtics are better defensively, allowing 107.3 ppg to Hawks’ 118.6. Celtics have better percentages both in field goals (46.6% to 45.2%) and in 3-pointers (36.5% to 35.3%). Hawks on the other hand are better in boards grabbed (45.9 to 44.6), while Celtics are better both in turnovers committed (12.7 to 17.1) and in dimes made (26.4 to 25.7). Celtics are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -10.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home victory.

Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -10.5 (-109)

 

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    My name is Nikos Lagouretos, I am 35 years old from Greece and I have been a basketball enthusiast for almost 25 years, having played semi-pro myself. All those years i have seen countless games, done a ton of reading and statistical analysis and I thought it was about time to put them to some good use. I provide analysis, predictions and specialize in NBA, WNBA and almost every domestic and international club league of Europe.

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