The Atlanta Hawks square off with a familiar foe when they host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday in the third matchup between the teams in eight days. Atlanta (13-18) split two meetings with the Celtics (15-16) in Boston last week but has lost nine of 12 games in February after dropping a one-point decision at Cleveland on Tuesday. The Celtics are trying to avert a third consecutive loss overall and sixth straight defeat on the road.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists Boston as a two-point favorite, while the over-under is 224 in the latest Celtics vs. Hawks odds. Before making any Hawks vs. Celtics picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Celtics vs. Hawks spread: Boston -2
- Celtics vs. Hawks over-under: 224 points
- Celtics vs. Hawks money line: Boston -130, Atlanta +110
- BOS: Celtics F Tristan Thompson scored 31 points in the two games vs. Atlanta last week
- ATL: Hawks C Clint Capela, the league's top rebounder, has seven straight double-doubles
Why the Celtics can cover
Boston's high-scoring tandem of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were among the Eastern Conference reserves named Tuesday for next month's All-Star Game in Atlanta. They became Boston's first teammates to both receive All-Star honors under the age of 25 since Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman in 1953. The 22-year-old Tatum also became the youngest player in franchise history to earn multiple All-Star honors.
The Celtics have shown a penchant for blowing big second-half leads, most notably in falling at New Orleans on Sunday after leading by 24 points. They wilted again in the first part of the fourth quarter on Tuesday but showed some mettle in battling back to erase an 11-point deficit over the last three minutes. Boston has won eight of nine overall against the Hawks and are riding a five-game winning streak in Atlanta.
Why the Hawks can cover
Guard Trae Young was among the most notable All-Star snubs when reserves were selected on Tuesday. He registered his third consecutive double-double with 28 points and 12 assists at Cleveland and is averaging 33.5 points over his last four games to lift his season average to 26.9. Young torched the Celtics for a combined 71 points in two games last week, shooting 24-of-36 overall and 7-of-16 from 3-point range.
Guard Kevin Huerter averaged 17.8 points over the first five games of February before going into an offensive funk and failing to score more than eight points in four of the next five contests. He struggled mightily with his long-range shooting over a six-game span, connecting on only 7-of-33 3-point attempts. Huerter turned it around on Tuesday by scoring 22 points while knocking down 4-of-8 from behind the arc.
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