Isaiah Thomas continues to bring the Boston Celtics to new heights, as the diminutive point guard has scored at least 20 points in a franchise-record 43 games in a row. Thomas’ Celtics return to Beantown tonight when they welcome the Atlanta Hawks to town. Sportsbooks opened the Hawks as 5.5-point underdogs with a total of 215.
– Shark Bites
- The Hawks are 6-21 SU in their last 27 games on the road against the Celtics.
- The Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last five games as home favorites.
- The Hawks are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games against the Celtics.
Thomas hit a decisive basket with 2.4 seconds remaining to lift Boston to a 103-101 victory in Atlanta in their first meeting of the season. Losers of three in a row, the Hawks are averaging just 86.7 points per game during the skid.
If the C’s want to make a deep playoff run, they’ll need better production from star big man Al Horford. Horford went 2-of-11 while missing all three of his 3-point attempts in a 104-98 triumph over Detroit on Sunday. The veteran has been held to single-digit points in three consecutive games for the first time since March 2009.
The stats of defensive stopper Avery Bradley is something to keep an eye on. Bradley, who’s missed 18 games with an Achilles injury, is expected to return “any day now” according to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Boston Celtics opened as -5.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 215 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 108-101 result in favor of the Celtics. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Boston Celtics sit at 38-21 (31-27-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Atlanta Hawks are currently 32-26 (28-30 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Boston is 30-28-1 OU and Atlanta is 24-33-1 OU. This season the Boston Celtics are 38-21 overall and 31-27-1 ATS against the number, while the Atlanta Hawks are 32-26 and 28-30 ATS. As for the totals, Boston is 30-28-1 on the OU, and Atlanta is 24-33-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Atlanta injuries news.
The Odds – Shark betting Power Rankings have the Boston Celtics at No. 8 and the Atlanta Hawks at No. 27 heading into this NBA contest.
The game also pits Boston’s No. 6-ranked offense averaging 108.12 PPG, against a Atlanta Hawks defense that ranks No. 9 at 104.33 PPG. The Boston Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 45.53% so far, more than the Atlanta Hawks shooters have achieved on the year, 45.23% per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15 points in a failed effort to lead the Hawks to victory (they lost 105-86 to Orlando at Amway Center on Saturday).
The Celtics got a 33-point performance from Isaiah Thomas as Boston handed Detroit a 104-98 defeat on Sunday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
- Boston is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
- Boston is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games
- Boston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Atlanta home to Dallas, Wednesday, March 1st
Boston home to Cleveland, Wednesday, March 1st