One of the keys to making a deep run in the postseason is having home court advantage for as long as possible. That’s why the race currently taking place in the Eastern Conference is so exciting right now. The top 2 seeds have already been decided, but it’s the 3 through 5 spots where all the excitement is taking place. The Atlanta Hawks are currently holding onto the #3 spot, but they are just a half game up on the Miami Heat in 5th. Wedged in between those two are the Boston Celtics, who will still feel as though they have a shot at home court advantage in the opening round. This race could take a real turn in the favor of the Hawks or Celtics on Saturday night, as those two will hook up in Atlanta in a crucial match-up. The updated odds for this one can be found at the NBA betting page at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Celtics Vs Hawks, MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 PM EST
Where: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Boston Celtics
The Celtics (46-32) are taking a serious run at the third seed, and could well steal it away if they can come up with the win in Atlanta over the weekend. They are certainly playing well enough to do so, as they have won 3 straight games, including a victory over the Golden State Warriors, and are 7-3 in their last 10. On the downside, they have not had a lot of joy in the ATL over the past few years, and have lost on each of their last 3 visits there. The road has not been particularly kind to Boston this season, as they are just .500 away from the Garden. This is a team on a roll at the moment, though, so they cannot be counted out. The Celtics are averaging 105.6 PPG, and are giving up 102.3 PPG.
Why bet on the Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks (47-32) are playing some fantastic basketball at the moment, and are coming off one of their biggest wins of the season. They took out the Raptors in their last start, which helped them maintain their grip in the division lead and the 3rd seed overall. This is the last home game of the season for the Hawks, and you feel that a win here would put them in a very strong position as they take to the road for their final 2 games. The Hawks are 26-14 at home this season, and have already taken 2 of 3 from Boston this season. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have only lost 5 of their last 20. The Hawks are averaging 102.8 PPG, and are giving up 98.9 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I expect this to be a close one, as both of these teams will be going all out for the win. I have to give the edge to Atlanta on home court, though, but by a pretty slim margin.
Boston Celtics 101 Atlanta Hawks 103