Wow – what a series this has been in the first round of the Eastern Conference postseason. The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks will get together in Game 5 of the best of 7 series. After winning the first two games of the series at home, the Atlanta Hawks have dropped two in a row, and will now look to regain the lead at Phillips Arena. The Boston win on Sunday was in overtime; at home. Both teams finished the regular season with an identical 48-34 record, which was also tied with Charlotte and Miami. Find out the latest NBA betting spread here.
Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks NBA Odds Analysis
When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Where: Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: TNT, TSN4/5, FOX Sports Southeast, CSNHD
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub, 92.9 FM “The Game”
Stream Option: NBA Stream
NBA Odds: Hawks -6
Why Bet the Celtics
The Boston Celtics are one of the pleasant surprises in the National Basketball Association this season. After winning 25 games two seasons ago, and 40 last year, things are trending upwards for Brad Stevens team. Another positive sign, the Celtics have two more postseason wins than a season ago. The Celtics are the fifth highest scoring team in all of the league. Boston is scoring more than 105 points per game. The Celtics are also ranking inside the Top 10 in assists per game and rebounds per game. Isaiah Thomas has been the man for the Celtics, with 22.2 points per game.
Why Bet the Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks want to use their 27-14 home regular season record, and two additional postseason wins in their favor on Tuesday. The home team has won every game of this series thus far. The Hawks are coming off a season where they won 60 last season, but fell short in the postseason. The Hawks are led in scoring by Paul Millsap, with 17 points per game. Jeff Teague is the second leading scorer, and also dishing for 6 assists per game. The Hawks backup point guard Jeff Schroeder remains questionable for this game.
Expert Score & Prediction
The home team has won every game of this series. Will that hold true in this game? This series more than any other first round postseason series is fairly even. These two teams have a ton in common, and are likely going to play 7 games. The Boston Celtics played pretty poor at Phillips Arena the first two times. There is no great reason that will change in this game. The bet is going to be an easy win. With such a small spread, the easy bet for this game is the Atlanta Hawks -6 over the Boston Celtics. The final score prediction for this game is the Atlanta Hawks 101-96 over the Boston Celtics in Game 5.