Celtics at Hawks Game 1- 4/16/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (48-34) at Atlanta Hawks (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks meet in the first game of the playoffs Saturday night at the Philips Arena.
The Boston Celtics have made the playoffs in two of three seasons under coach Brad Stevens. The Boston Celtics are averaging 105.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 102.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 22.2 points and 6.2 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.2 points and 2.9 rebounds. Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Evan Turner is dishing 4.4 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last eight road games.
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The Atlanta Hawks have clinched the playoffs nine straight times for the first time since the 70s. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 102.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 99.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 17.1 points and nine rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.7 points and 5.9 assists. Al Horford is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and Kent Bazemore is dishing 2.3 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won six of their last eight home games.
The Celtics are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Hawks have been playing some of their best ball of the season recently, and they've been even better on their home court. The Celtics aren't a great road team and don't have enough offense to consistently hang with this Atlanta team. I'll eat the reasonable number.