Atlanta at Boston NBA Odds Analysis
On Friday night, the Atlanta Hawks head to Boston to take on the Celtics in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The Hawks are up 2-0 in the series after throttling the Celtics’ offense and breezing to an 89-72 win in a game in which they only permitted the Celtics seven points in the first period. Find out more about the updated NBA online betting lines here.
Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics NBA Odds Analysis
When: Friday, April 22, 2016, 8:00pm Eastern time
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Radio: Celtics Radio Network
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com
NBA Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on Atlanta?
Kyle Korver seems to have found his shooting touch. He had a dreadful Game 1, but he drained four shots from behind the arc to get Atlanta out to a huge 21-point lead early in the game. In Game 1 he had gone 1 for 10 (0 for 7 from downtown). In that first quarter, Boston went 3 for 23 (0 for 6 from downtown), setting an infamous record for the fewest points in the first quarter of a playoff game since the shot clock became a rule in 1954. That (and the Hawks’ hot shooting) explained the 24-3 lead the Hawks held with 5:30 still remaining in the first quarter.
Why should you put your money on the Celtics?
It’s true that the Celtics were missing two key players — Avery Bradley (hamstring) and Kelly Olynyk (shoulder). However, there is no way they will shoot this poorly in Game 3. Look at the numbers: Jae Crowder went 1 for 9, Isaiah Thomas went 4 for 15 (1 for 6 from downtown) and Marcus Smart went 1 for 11. As a team, the Celtics went 28 for 88 for 32 percent. Some of that was the result of six Atlanta blocks, but the numbers will be better. Even with this dismal shooting, the Celtics pulled within 10 in the second quarter and should fare better on their home court.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Celtics to take advantage of their home momentum and reverse the frustration they experienced in Atlanta. I’m predicting a 101-94 Boston win.