Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks Prediction & Odds: April 20th 2012
Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks
Prediction: Under 178.5 -110 odds (April 20th 2012)
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The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks will play part in a defensive battle tonight. These are two of the best defensive teams in the league as the Celtics give up 89.8 points/game, while the Hawks yield 92.8 points/game.
The biggest reason I’m siding with the UNDER is the fact that Boston is going to be without 75% of its scoring. The Celtics have already clinched the No. 4 seed in the East, so they really have nothing to play for right now.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are missing this game due to rest. Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo (back), Ray Allen (ankle) and Mickael Pietrus (knee) are all out due to injury. These five players combine to average 68.8 points, which is 75% of what Boston averages as a team (92.1).
Boston will have a hard time scoring the ball tonight, but most of their bench players are all pretty good defenders, which will make points hard to come by for Atlanta as well. The UNDER is 3-0 in the last 3 meetings in this series with combined scores of 171, 155 and 174 points. That 174-point effort came in overtime as well.
The UNDER is 7-1 in Celtics last 8 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. The UNDER is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta. The UNDER is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Boston is 10-1 to the UNDER in road games after 2 or more consecutive overs over the last 2 seasons. Bet the UNDER in this game Friday.
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