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Hawks at Celtics Game 3 - 4/22/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (50-34) at Boston Celtics (48-36)

NBA Basketball: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -3 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2, CSNN

The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics clash Friday night for game three at the TD Garden.

The Atlanta Hawks can all but put the series away here by taking a sweet 3-0 lead. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 95.5 points on 39.9 percent shooting and allowing 86.5 points on 34.2 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging nine points and seven rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 18 points and nine assists. Al Horford is grabbing 8.5 rebounds and Kyle Korver is dishing 1.5 assist. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 29.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 25.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost three straight road games.

Hawks at Celtics Game 3 - 4/22/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics are in a must win spot, as no team has ever come back from an 0-3 hole. The Boston Celtics are averaging 86.5 points on 34.2 percent shooting and allowing 95.5 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.5 points and five assists while Terry Rozier is averaging 10 points and four rebounds. Jae Crowder is grabbing 8.5 rebounds and Evan Turner is dishing four assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 25.4 percent from beyond the arc and 87.1 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 29.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won 20 of their last 26 home games.

The Boston Celtics have been lights out on their home court pretty much all season long, and most would think they should have a bounce back performance at home. However, the Celtics are really screwed without their best defender and second true scorer in Avery Bradley. The Celtics have to rely way too much on Thomas to bail them out, and that's not enough against a deep Hawks team.

I think Atlanta wins again here, but I'll gladly take my free bucket just to make sure.

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Atlanta Hawks +3

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