The Atlanta Hawks (26-29) meet the Boston Celtics (32-25) at TD Garden Super Bowl Sunday for a 2 p.m. ET game. Below, we look at the Hawks vs. Celtics odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
Atlanta is just 3-4 straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) and was blown out 136-121 by the San Antonio Spurs at home as an 8.5-point favorite.
Boston has won nine of its last 10 games including seven straight (4-3 ATS) with the latest being a 108-102 home victory versus the Denver Nuggets Friday.
The Hawks are 2-0 SU and ATS in their first two meetings this season with the Celtics and both games went Under the total.
Hawks at Celtics odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Hawks +210 (bet $100 to win $210) | Celtics -270 (bet $270 to win $100)
Against the spread: Hawks +6.5 (-120) | Celtics -6.5 (-105)
Over/Under: 220.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)
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Hawks at Celtics key injuries
PF John Collins (foot) out
PG Trae Young (hip) probable
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Hawks at Celtics odds, lines, picks and predictions
Celtics 110, Hawks 102
Even though Boston should win this game handily, the -270 price is just too expensive. However, I wouldn’t hate cross-sports parlay pairing up Boston’s money line with the Los Angeles Rams’ money line in Super Bowl 56.
Against the spread
GIMME the CELTICS -6.5 (-105) for 1 unit. They are in much better form and this is a bad spot for the Hawks.
Boston has the best adjusted net rating (plus-17.0) and ATS margin (plus-10.5) over the past two weeks, according to CleaningTheGlass.com.
Atlanta is 4-9 ATS on the road versus teams with a winning record, 3-10 ATS as an underdog of +3 or more and 6-11 ATS as a road underdog.
Furthermore, both teams attempt a high volume of mid-range field goals, but the Hawks are 22nd in defensive field-goal percentage versus mid-range shots whereas the Celtics are first.
For the record, the BOSTON -6.5 (-105) is my favorite wager in this contest.
LEAN to the UNDER 220.5 (-115) for a half-unit. The first two Hawks-Celtics meetings went Under the total, both teams play at a below-average pace and are top 10 in defensive FT/FGA rate.
Plus, Boston is 10-16 O/U as a home favorite with a minus-4.3 total margin and 9-18 O/U versus teams with a losing record.
Finally, Boston PG Marcus Smart has defended Young well in their career head-to-head meetings. Trae is averaging just 17.6 points per game on 36.6% shooting (24.6% from behind the arc) with 6.0 assists to 5.0 turnovers in his seven career games against the Celtics with Smart in the lineup.
I only “lean” to the UNDER 220.5 (-115) because Boston’s spread is my preferred play.
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