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Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks - 4/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Atlanta Hawks (23-57) at Boston Celtics (54-25)
Date & Time Sunday April 8, 2018, 1:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Boston Celtics -9.5 -- Over/Under: 203
TV Channel
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NBA | Atlanta Hawks (23-57) at Boston Celtics (54-25)
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The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 19.4 points and 6.2 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. John Collins is the third double-digit scorer and Damion Lee is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost five of their last six road games.

The Boston Celtics look for another victory after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.9 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 100.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.4 points and five rebounds while Jayson Tatum is averaging 13.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won five of their last seven home games.

The Hawks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic and 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Boston Celtics have been playing solid ball despite not having their best player, but they're just 1-6 ATS this season when favored by at least nine points. The Atlanta Hawks have nothing to play for at this point and have been in full tank mode, but they have yung players fighting for roster spots, and they're only being outscored by six points in their last five games. The Hawks are also 11-7 ATS this season when an underdog of at least nine points. There's better options out there, but if forced to pick, give me the points.

Pick:
Atlanta Hawks +9.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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