The Boston Celtics go for a season sweep when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. The Celtics (42-27) have won all three meetings and six of the last seven against the Hawks (24-45). Tip-off from TD Garden for this Eastern Conference matchup is at 12:30 p.m. ET. Boston is a 10.5-point favorite in the latest Celtics vs. Hawks odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 231.5. Before making any Celtics vs. Hawks picks of your own, you need to check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now the model has dialed in on Celtics vs. Hawks. We can tell you it is leaning under, but it’s also generated an extremely strong pick against the spread that cashes in nearly 70 percent of simulations. That one is available exclusively at SportsLine.
The model has taken into account that Celtics are tough to beat at home, going 25-10 at TD Garden. Boston is 28-13 against Eastern Conference foes and has been hot of late, winning five of its last seven games overall. The Hawks, meanwhile, are 11-24 on the road and 13-31 within the conference. The Celtics are led by guard Kyrie Irving (23.5 points per game), who’s already had two big games against the Hawks this season, scoring 56 total points.
Also a thorn in the Hawks’ side has been forward Jayson Tatum (16.1 points per game), who had 19 in the first meeting and 22 in the second.
But just because Boston has dominated the Hawks this season doesn’t guarantee it will cover the Celtics vs. Hawks spread on Saturday.
That’s because the Hawks are averaging 123.6 points over the last 11 games. They never trailed in a 132-111 win over Memphis on Wednesday. Atlanta has won two in a row, is 5-5 over the last 10 games, and has won three of its last five road games.
Forward-center John Collins (19.9 points per game) has been playing well of late. He had 27 against Memphis, 23 vs. New Orleans on March 10 and 33 vs. Brooklyn on March 9. Point guard Trae Young (18.3 ppg) also had a big game against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, scoring 22.
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