Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks - 2/26/14
Atlanta Hawks (26-30) at Boston Celtics (19-39)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -1.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics welcome the Atlanta Hawks to town on Wednesday night.
Head to head, the underdog is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The Celtics are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. NBA Southeast, but just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Hawks on the other hand are 3-9 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
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Before I get started, I have run through the injury situation for both teams tonight, which will have a huge effect on the outcome of the game. For the home team Boston Celtics, both Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger will be game time decisions as Bradley is dealing with a sprained ankle while Sully missed the last two games with a concussion. For the visiting Atlanta Hawks, Paul Millsap will join fellow big men Al Horford and Pero Antic on the sidelines as he is suffering from a knee injury which has kept him out of the last two games.
As far as current form goes, both the Celtics and the Hawks have had a rough couple of weeks as Boston has dropped five straight and six of seven while Atlanta has dropped nine out of 10 and as a result, could miss out on the playoffs if they don’t turn things around. The C’s have only covered the spread in two of their last eight home games, but the Hawks are 1-8-1 against the spread in their last 10 overall and have only covered the spread in three of their nine games when playing the second of a back-to-back as they fell to the Chicago Bulls are home last night 107-103.
I’m tempted to take the under here given how many big names could be out of the lineup tonight, but it worries me that Atlanta’s last two games finished on totals of 205 and 210, despite missing Paul Millsap. While I expect the Hawks to turn things around eventually, they have been a poor road team all season long and while the Celtics are a below average home team, they could catch a break if indeed Millsap sits out. I don’t love the fact that Boston is playing their first home game off a four-game road trip, but I’ll take my chances with the home team in what looks to be a tight contest...
Dan’s Pick: Boston -1.5
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