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Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks - 3/16/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics
Date & Time Saturday March 16, 2019, 12:30 PM (EDT)
Location
TD Garden
Boston, MA
The Line
The Line: Boston -10.5 -- Over/Under 231.5
TV Channel
FSSE, NBSB
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NBA | Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics
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The Atlanta Hawks pay a visit to the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Saturday afternoon.

The Atlanta Hawks have been in decent shape as they’ve split their last 10 games and they will be aiming or a third straight victory after making light work of the Grizzlies in a 132-111 home win on Wednesday. John Collins led the team with 27 points and 12 rebounds in just 25 minutes of action, Trae Young added 22 points with eight assists while Alex Len chipped in with 20 points off the bench. As a team, the Hawks shot 50 percent from the field and 17 of 45 from the 3-point line while collecting a total of 35 assists as they rested their starters after piling on 110 points in the first three quarters. With the easy win, Atlanta improved to 24-45 on the season and 13-21 at home.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in great form lately as they’ve won five of their last seven games, but they really had to dig deep in their 126-120 home win over the Kings on Thursday. Kyrie Irving led the team with a triple-double of 31 points with 10 rebounds and 12 assists, Jaylen Brown provided the spark off the bench with 22 points while Marcus Morris finished with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. As a team, the Celtics shot 50 percent from the field and just nine of 28 from the 3-point line, but after trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, the Celtics rallied behind Irving to pour in 70 points in the second half. With the win, Boston improved to 42-27 on the season which is good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a win of more than 10 points and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Celtics are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team below .400, the Celtics are 35-17 ATS in their last 52 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on one days rest.

Head to head, over is 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings and the Hawks are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings.

The Celtics have beaten the Hawks in all three meetings this season by an average of 15.6 points, so I’m not expecting an upset here. Yes, the Hawks are coming off back to back double-digit wins, but it’s hard to get too excited about wins over the shorthanded Pelicans and the struggling Grizzlies. The line seems a little steep, but I’m sticking with the Celtics to stay hot with another win and cover at home.

Pick:
Boston -10.5

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