Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game on ESPN. In what could be a Eastern Conference playoff match-up down the road, we have the Atlanta Hawks hosting the red-hot Boston Celtics tonight at State Farm Arena. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
At 9-5 most people are surprised the Hawks currently lead their division, but after seeing them beat the Milwaukee Bucks a couple of nights ago, this team means business. Acquiring Dejounte Murray from San Antonio is proving to be one of the best moves this offseason, together with Trae Young they are one of the elite back-court duos we have in the NBA.
And that is with Young struggling shooting the ball at just 37% from the field. But, when your team plays defense you can overcome bad shooting nights. Atlanta has improved to 5th in opponents points per possessions, compared to just 26th from last season. They also have a very solid home record at 16-4 SU in their last 20, so optimism is at a high ahead of tonight’s game.
The Celtics couldn’t be more optimistic even if they tried. They’ve won 7 games in a row and their star Jayson Tatum is ascending into an MVP candidate with his 31.9 points per game, lifting his team to the number one seed in the East. He had “only” 27 points in the win over Oklahoma City the other night, but a solid shooting night from the perimeter by the entire team lifted the Celtics to their 11th win on the season.
This team leads the NBA in most offensive categories, so the absence of Robert Williams hasn’t been felt as much as some people thought it would. They are favorites in tonight’s game because of one simple reason and that’s their head-to-head record vs Atlanta which reads 13 wins in the last 18 meetings. In addition to that they are 14-6 SU over their last 20 games on the road.
The Celtics look unstoppable right now. This kind of offensive onslaught hasn’t been seen in years and until someone takes them down I am going to keep on backing them. Take the road team to cover.
Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics Predictions & Odds
It’s been a tale of two stories for Boston this season when it comes to scoring. This team has gone 6-1 on the O/U at home, while on the road they are 3-4 which means we could see a lower scoring game tonight against the Hawks. The Cs rank in the Top 10 in most statistical categories shooting wise, but against Atlanta they are averaging just 109.4 points per game over the last 10 meetings. The Hawks are only slightly better than that number at 109.7 per game, if we look at just the 3 most recent meetings then the two teams have combined for only 201.6 points per game.
The total has been set at 232.5 points here, not surprising considering how Boston has played lately, but I feel like the defensive improvements the Hawks have made this season will push the score under the total tonight. Let’s take our chances with that bet here.