The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks meet Friday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.
The Boston Celtics need a win here in order to get a game above a .500 record. The Boston Celtics are averaging 106 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.4 points and 6.4 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have lost five of their last six road games.
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The Atlanta Hawks are still looking for their first victory since November 3. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 107.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 118.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Trae Young is averaging 16.2 points and 8.1 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 15.9 points and 4.5 rebounds. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and John Collins is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost four straight home games.
The Celtics are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Hawks are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 Friday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Atlantic. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 road games. The over is 5-1 in Hawks last 6 home games.
The Boston Celtics aren’t playing well enough to back on the road with big chalk, I don’t care who they’re playing. The Celtics offense isn’t producing, and they’re being outscored by 0.5 points on the road this season. Yes, the Atlanta Hawks are a joke of a team, but they can score a bit and are averaging almost 110 points at home. There’s better games on the card, but if forced to pick, I want the points in my pocket. It’s a fade from the Celtics.