Celtics at Hawks Game 2 - 4/19/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (48-34) at Atlanta Hawks (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT, CSNN
The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks clash Tuesday night in game two of the playoffs at the Philips Arena.
The Boston Celtics hope to bounce back and tie this series up after nearly stealing game one. The Boston Celtics are averaging 101 points on 36.3 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 27 points and eight assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 18 points and three rebounds. Jae Crowder is grabbing 10 rebounds and Evan Turner is dishing five assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 84.2 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 18.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have lost five of their last nine road games.
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The Atlanta Hawks look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead with a victory here. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 102 points on 40.7 percent shooting and allowing 101 points on 36.3 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 14 points and seven rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 23 points and 12 assists. Al Horford is grabbing 12 rebounds and Kyle Korver is dishing one assist. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 18.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 53 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won seven of their last nine home games.
The Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The home team is 4-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
I really like the way the Hawks are playing lately, especially on their home court. Atlanta has looked a lot like the team from last season over the last couple of months, as everybody is playing well and chipping in. The Celtics are a tough, grind-it-out team that isn't going anywhere, but they're harder to trust with their leader in Bradley banged up. I'll eat the reasonable number with the Hawks.