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Hawks vs. Celtics - 12/2/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (4-10) at Atlanta Hawks (9-6)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNN, TSOH

The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks will play Tuesday at the Philips Arena.

The Boston Celtics have lost four straight games and starting to get a dose of reality of what the season will be like. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 103.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 107.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Jeff Green leads the Celtics with 17.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting and Jared Sullinger is averaging 16 points and 8.4 rebounds. Rajon Rondo is averaging 10.5 assists per game and Avery Bradley has 29 points in his last two games. The Boston Celtics have had little issues scoring this season but their lack of defense has killed them all season long. The Celtics are 2-9 SU this season when allowing 100 or more points, and are allowing teams to shoot 39.6 percent from beyond the arc on the season.

Hawks vs. Celtics - 12/2/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Hawks have won four of their last five games and starting to show life defensively. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting and are allowing 101.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Jeff Teague leads Atlanta with 18 points and 7.2 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.7 points and 8.2 rebounds. Kyle Korver is shooting 55.3 percent from beyond the arc and Al Horford has 21 points in his last two games. The Atlanta Hawks defense has been poor all season, but they’re holding teams to just 40.8 percent shooting in their last five games. The Hawks are 7-1 SU this season when holding a team under 100 points. The Hawks have won five of their last seven home games.

The Celtics are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 vs. NBA Southeast and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

As long as the Hawks continue to improve defensively, they should have no problem covering this spread against the Celtics who are clearly learning that the fact that it's going to be a long season. 

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Atlanta Hawks -6.5

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