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Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics - 4/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds


The Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks do battle on Tuesday in Game 5 at the Philips Arena.

The Celtics looked down and out after dropping the first two games of the series and then losing Avery Bradley for the remainder of the playoffs, but through defense and hustle, they managed to level the series after beating the Hawks by 104-95 in overtime on Sunday. Isaiah Thomas has been the star for the Celtics on the offensive end and he followed up his 42-point performance in Game 3 with another 28 points in Game 4 and he had plenty of help as Marcus Smart scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 20 points, Evan Turner added 17 points and Jonas Jerebko chipped in with 16 as the Celtics dominated overtime by 12-3 to come out with the win. 

Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics - 4/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Hawks will still be scratching their heads as they lost the game despite a personal playoff-high 45 points from Paul Millsap. The problem was that no one else on the team could get it going on offense which is why the Hawks finished with just 37 percent shooting from the field and the biggest culprit has to be Jeff Teague who shot a miserable four of 18 from the field for his 13 points. Kyle Korver added 10 points, Dennis Schroder added just seven points while Al Horford finished with just five points as the Hawks remain without an overtime win in over two years.

In ATS trends, the Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall but just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 road games, while the Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Conference Quarterfinals games.

Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the under is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings in Atlanta.

With the series now tied at 2-2, the momentum is definitely with the Celtics but I've said from the start that I have this series going to seven games, so I'm backing the Hawks to regroup  at home and win behind a better shooting performance across the board, but I think the value is with the Celtics and the points as this one should go right down to the wire.

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