Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics - 4/9/14
Boston Celtics (23-54) at Atlanta Hawks (34-42)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -7 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, TSOH
The Boston Celtics will put their eight-game losing streak on the line when they visit the Atlanta Hawks. This is the fourth meeting between these teams, and the Celtics lead the series 2-1.
The Celtics have only won three games since the beginning of March and at this point are just hoping to get better NBA draft position. On the season, the Celtics average 95.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allow 100.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting. The Celtics have allowed more than 100 points in five of their last six games and are 3-18 in their last 21 games when allowing 100-plus points. Rajon Rondo is expected to play after missing Saturday’s game. The Boston Celtics are 37-38-2 ATS overall and 21-17 ATS on the road.
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The Hawks are still hanging onto the eighth seed in the East despite losing to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. On the season, the Hawks average 101.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allow 102 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is shooting 56 percent from the field in his last five games. Still, the Hawks have lost eight of their last 11 games and are in danger of missing the playoffs if they keep the inconsistent play up. The Atlanta Hawks are 33-42-1 ATS overall and 18-18 ATS at home.
The Celtics are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hawks are 7-22-1 ATS in their last 30 games overall and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 0 days rest. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta.
The Hawks were due for a letdown spot after beating the Indiana Pacers. Now that’s out of their system, you can expect the Hawks to take care of business against the Celtics. Atlanta needs this game more than anything and should win by double digits against a Boston team that’s mailed it in a long time ago.
Take the Hawks and the chalk.