Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks - 12/14/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks - 12/14/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks (6-21) at Boston Celtics (17-10)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -13 -- Over/Under: 224 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics meet Friday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 107.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 118 points on 47 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 18.3 points and nine rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.1 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.

The Boston Celtics look to keep the ball rolling while building on their seven-game winning streak. The Boston Celtics are averaging 111.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.5 points and 6.4 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Brown is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won seven of their last nine home games.

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The Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-14 ATS in their last 16 Friday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Celtics are 22-6 ATS in their last 28 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Celtics last 8 overall. The over is 4-0 in Hawks last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.

The Boston Celtics are finally playing to the level we expected from them from the beginning, as they've won seven straight and are outscoring teams by 22.2 points in their last five games. The Atlanta Hawks aren't winning or covering numbers, and they're 4-5 ATS this season as a double-digit underdog. The Celtics beat the Hawks by 18 points about three weeks ago on the road. I never like laying these big numbers in the NBA, but it's probably not a good time to step in front of the Celtics right now.

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Randy’s Pick Boston Celtics -13

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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