Atlanta Hawks (12-16) at Boston Celtics (14-14)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -4.5 -- Over/Under: 225 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 need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 113.1 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 112.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Trae Young is averaging 25.9 points and 3.9 rebounds while John Collins is averaging 18.1 points and 7.6 rebounds. De’Andre Hunter is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 14 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game.
The Boston Celtics look for a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 110.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 47 percent shooting. Jaylen Brown is averaging 26 points and 3.4 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 25.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. Kemba Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game.
The Hawks are 14-29 ATS in their last 43 Friday games. The Celtics are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 6-0 in Hawks last 6 overall. The under is 6-2 in Celtics last 8 games as a favorite. The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Boston and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Atlanta Hawks have had a hard time stringing wins together this season, and they're still losing their last five games by an average of 5.4 points while allowing 50.4 percent shooting. The Boston Celtics win at home by an average of four points and are 8-4 against the spread at home as well. It's going to take more than one win for me to pay attention to the Hawks. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the Celtics.