Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks (-6, 205.5)
Hawks lead series 1-0
The Atlanta Hawks squandered all of a 19-point lead in Game 1 but recovered late in the fourth quarter and managed to pull out a 102-101 victory. The fourth-seeded Hawks will try to make it two in a row on Tuesday over the fifth-seeded and visiting Boston Celtics, who will be without guard Avery Bradley due to a “significant” hamstring injury suffered late Saturday.
Boston completed its comeback and took an 83-80 lead with 6:48 remaining on Saturday but had Bradley go down seven seconds later on the way back up the court. “Avery has a pretty significant strained hamstring,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters on Sunday. “I would say he would be doubtful for any of the remainder of the series, certainly very unlikely Tuesday night. As of right now, I would say he’s out Tuesday night, but obviously he’ll continue to get treatment around the clock and go from there. But I would say very unlikely the rest of the series.” The absence of Bradley as a lockdown defender could open the floor even more for Atlanta guard Jeff Teague, who collected 23 points and 12 assists in the opener. Teague sealed the Game 1 win at the free-throw line and formed a potent pick-and-roll combination with center Al Horford.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TNT, CSN New England (Boston), FSN Southeast (Atlanta)
LINE HISTORY: The Hawks opened as six-point favorites at most books and that number hasn’t moved. The total began at 206.5 and has come down a full point to 205.5. View complete line history here.
ABOUT THE CELTICS (48-35, 43-39-1 ATS, 39-44 O/U): Boston is touting the fact that it doesn’t have a superstar, and the players were leaning on the “next man up” philosophy after learning the significance of Bradley’s injury. “No change with Avery being out,” guard Marcus Smart, who figures to move into the starting lineup, told reporters of his role. “Just have to keep doing what I do. It’s just going to be (that) I’m going to have more time to make more effort plays and intensity plays and help my team win. Our little slogan is ‘(We’re) one superstar.’ It’s us as a team. So this isn’t anything new. If Avery was here or not, my responsibilities would be the same.” The Celtics could also turn to rookie guards Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter to cover the extra minutes.
ABOUT THE HAWKS (49-34, 42-40-1 ATS, 38-45 O/U): Atlanta held the Celtics to 23.1 percent shooting in the first half of Game 1 and got the stops it needed down the stretch after squandering the lead. The Hawks were the more aggressive team throughout most of the contest and outscored Boston 52-36 in the paint and attempted 16 more free throws. “Another point of emphasis was physicality,” Hawks forward Paul Millsap told reporters. “We weren’t as physical last year (in the playoffs). (Saturday) was a good night to set that tone. I felt like, especially in the first half, we did that.”
* Celtics are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest.
* Hawks are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
* Under is 9-1 in Celtics last 10 games following a ATS win.
* Under is 4-0 in Hawks last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs (-18.5, 187)
Spurs lead series 1-0
The San Antonio Spurs are supposed to make quick work of Memphis and it sure looked that the way in the series opener as the Grizzlies suffered their largest margin of defeat in franchise postseason history. San Antonio looks to follow up the impressive 106-74 victory with another solid effort when it hosts Memphis in Tuesday’s Game 2.
The second-seeded Spurs had 13 steals and nine blocked shots – All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard had four steals and three blocks – as they pulled away behind their suffocating defense. “Kawhi’s a very good defender, and he takes great pride in it,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich told reporters after Game 1. “He did what he usually does for us. It’s important. He sets the tone for us defensively, and (Sunday) was a good example of that.” The beleaguered seventh-seeded Grizzlies have lost 11 of their last 12 games and their confidence surely took another hit due to the severe beat down. “We’re going to forget it,” power forward Zach Randolph said afterward. “Put this one in the backwash and get ready for Tuesday.”
TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT, FSN Southeast (Memphis), FSN Southwest (San Antonio)
LINE HISTORY: The betting line for Tuesday’s matchup between the Grizzlies and Spurs opened with San Antonio pegged as 18.5-point favorites and the initial total set at 187. View complete line history here.
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (42-41, 42-40-1 ATS, 45-36-2 O/U): Memphis needs strong performances from Randolph to avoid being swept and that didn’t occur in the opener as he scored just six points on 3-of-13 shooting. “I got some good looks. I just have to knock them down,” Randolph told reporters. “They bring a bunch of people when I get the ball. I just have to stay positive. We know what we’re dealing with. We’ve got a lot of young guys. We just have to be better, including myself.” Veteran swingman Vince Carter was the Grizzlies’ top offensive performer in Game 1 with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 19 minutes.
ABOUT THE SPURS (68-15, 45-38 ATS, 35-46-2 O/U): Leonard, who was named Defensive Player of the Year on Monday for the second straight season, also excelled on the offensive end with 20 points in Game 1 and veteran center Tim Duncan was strong on the board with 11 rebounds. “We got it going defensively,” Duncan told reporters. “We were solid the whole way through and then some shots started falling. We kind of extended that lead – I think just giving ourselves a quarter or two to get ourselves rolling.” The huge lead allowed power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (dislocated right pinky finger) to be rested – he had 17 points and 27 minutes – as San Antonio had 12 players see 10 or more minutes of action.
* Grizzlies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
* Spurs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
* Over is 7-1-1 in Grizzlies last 9 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
* Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
* Grizzlies are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.