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Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics - 11/23/13

Boston Celtics (4-9) at Atlanta Hawks (7-5)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -8 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds


The Atlanta Hawks look for their third straight victory on Saturday night as they host the Boston Celtics.

Head to head, the Celtics are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 27-13-1 ATS in their last 41 games playing on 0 days rest and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Celtics on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

The Atlanta Hawks are just a solid team, plain and simple. Every season they seem to win between 42-48 games and they look like they are on their way again this season. Following back-to-back wins over the Detroit Pistons in their home-and-home series that concluded in Detroit on Friday night, the Hawks have now won four of their last five to improve to 8-5 overall. Having excelled on the offensive end and struggled on defensive through the first month of action, Atlanta has turned things around this past week, holding three of their last four opponents to 90 points or under, which is brought their season average down to 99.3.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics come into tonight's game having dropped six-straight after winning a season-high four games, which are their only four wins for the season. Boston has been just about the worst offensive team in the NBA over the last two or so weeks, averaging a paltry 87.8 points during their losing skid. The Celtics were held to their second-worst scoring output of the season on Friday night against the Indiana Pacers, falling 97-82 to the leagues premier defensive unit.

The Celtics have played a pretty brutal schedule lately, but you can't ignore the fact that they have been defeated by 10 points or more in five of their last six. On the flipside, the Hawks are playing some really good basketball at the moment and they have covered in four of their five home games this season. I could see Boston sticking around for the first half or so, but I expect Atlanta to come away with a double-digit victory when it's all said and done...

Dan’s Pick: Atlanta -8

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics - 11/23/13

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