Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics - 4/19/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (48-35) at Atlanta Hawks (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 205.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks meet for Game 2 tonight at the Philips Arena.
The Celtics will be looking to level the series after falling to the Hawks by 102-101 in a thriller in Game 1. Isaiah Thomas started slowly but finished strong to lead the team with 27 points, Avery Bradley added 18 points, Marcus Smart had 15 points while Jae Crowder chipped in with 14, but the Celtics just couldn't get over the hump after rallying all the way back from a 19-point deficit to take the lead momentarily in the fourth quarter. Coach Brad Stevens drew up perfect plays in just about every clutch situation late in the game, but while the Celtics got wide open looks, they just happen to have the wrong person shooting it on each occassion which really hurt them down the stretch. They'll look to make some minor adjustments in Game 2 as they really missed out on a chance to steal home-court advantage on Saturday.
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Meanwhile, the Hawks had five players finish in double figures with Al Horford leading the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Jeff Teague and Kent Bazemore contributed 23 points each while Paul Millsap and Mike Scott chipped in with 14 points each as the Hawks held off a late rally from the Celtics to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The Hawks should have blown out the Celtics when they had a chance so they'll be disappointed that they didn't make it easier for themselves, but they'll be happy knowing that they still managed to win despite two key players in Kyle Korver and Dennis Schroder combining for just two points on one of 16 shooting.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, while the Hawks are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference.
Head to head, the home team is 4-2 ATS in the last six meetings and the under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The Celtics will be annoyed with how slowly they started in Game 1 because it really left them too much ground to make up in the second half but they'll be encouraged by their ability to get back into the contest. Meanwhile, the Hawks will be aware of the Celtics' ability to hang around in games so they'll be ready this time, but I'm sticking with the Celtics with the points in this one in what should be another close contest.