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Tips For Betting On Celtics Hawks – Hawks Look To Take Advantage Of Celtics At Home

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/2/2013 6:05:48 PM

When the Atlanta Hawks traded Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets in the offseason, many sports betting experts felt it was a sign that the team felt it still needed a couple of years to legitimately contend for a title, and that they would take a step back this season. That hasn’t been the case at all in Atlanta this season, as the Hawks enter this weekend with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference behind only the New York Knicks and the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat. The Hawks are 0-2 against the Heat this season but have done well against the rest of the conference, and will look to continue their strong play in their first meeting of the season against the Boston Celtics this Saturday.

Boston Celtics @ Atlanta Hawks
Saturday January 5, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
NBA Sportsbook Line: Atlanta Hawks – 2.5

The Celtics have spent the entire season fighting inconsistency, and are a game below .500 against teams from the East. Boston has struggled on the road in particular with just five wins through 16 games as the visiting team, and now face a tough matchup against an Atlanta team that has won 12 of 15 at home.

NBA Betting Preview: Boston Celtics

Age has definitely played a role in the Celtics’ struggles this season with again veterans like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett still playing key roles, but the thought process in Boston is that if they can get to the postseason they can still do damage. Rajon Rondo has infused the starting lineup with some much needed youth, and is the biggest reason why the team ranks fourth in the NBA in average assists, but they still need more from the big guys. Pierce and Garnett rank one-two on the Celtics in scoring, and the Celtics could definitely use more from them as well as from Jason Terry coming off the bench.

NBA Betting Preview: Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks have gotten from Jeff Teague what Boston has received from Rondo in terms of assists, as he has averaged a team-high 6.7 per game for a group that ranks third in the association in average assists. Teague has blossomed with more minutes, and it helps that he has a ton of options including Josh Smith, who has averaged a team-high 26.6 points per game. Al Horford has been a force in the middle once again with 15.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, and as long as he is working hard down low it will continue to open shooting lanes for the outside scorers.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Atlanta should have the upper hand in this matchup with a similar style, but a much younger cast to execute with. The Hawks and Celtics do a lot of the same things, but it is Atlanta with both the youth and home court advantage heading in to this first matchup of the season, and they should be able to cover the online betting number.

NBA Betting Pick: Atlanta Hawks


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