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Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks - 12/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (15-12) at Boston Celtics (14-12)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -3.5 -- Over/Under: 205.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNN

The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics square off early Friday night at the TD Garden.

The Atlanta Hawks look for a nice road win after splitting their last 10 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 100.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 100 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 18.1 points and nine rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.6 points and 5.9 assists. Al Horford is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Dennis Schroder is dishing 4.4 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.8 turnovers per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost six of their last eight road games.

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks - 12/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics also need a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.1 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 99.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.2 points and 6.6 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.9 points and 2.4 rebounds. Jared Sullinger is grabbing 9.6 rebounds and Evan Turner is dishing 3.7 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 17.2 turnovers per game. The Boston Celtics have won four of their last six home games.

The Hawks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 Friday games. The Celtics are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Hawks are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Boston. 

The Hawks aren't anywhere close to being the team they were last season and have been even worse on the road. The Celtics have been consistent from the jump and have what it takes defensively to get the job done here. I'll side with Boston at home and the small chalk. 

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Boston Celtics -3.5

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