The Atlanta Hawks (41-40) have made it to the play-ins as they prepare to take on the Boston Celtics (56-25) at the TD Garden on Sunday (April 9).
The Hawks are 6-4 in their last 10 games and had to face a defeat against the Philadelphia 76ers (136-131) in overtime. It was a disappointing loss for the Hawks as the 76ers managed to defeat them without having their main players on the team. Trae Young tried his best and finished the game with 27 points, including 20 assists. But there wasn’t enough support from other players. Jaden McDaniels and Georges Niang socred 24 points each for the 76ers, leading the team to the win. Danuel House Jr. also came off the bench and scored 22 points. The Hawks will now face the Celtics, who are second in the East and are enjoying a two-game winning streak.
The Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10 games and are coming off win against the Toronto Raptors (121-102) in their previous outing. Sam Hueser led the scoring charts for the Celtics with 26 points, while Payton Pitchard came off the bench and scored 22. Jayson Tatum also had a decent night, ended up with 21 points while playing only 20 minutes. The Celtics finish the regular season as the No.2 seed in the East.
Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics: Match Details
Fixture: Atlanta Hawks @ Boston Celtics
Date & Time: Sunday, April 9, 01:00 p.m ET
Venue: TD Garden, Boston
Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics: Injury Report
There are a number of injuries for both teams at the moment. Clint Capela has been ruled out for the Hawks with a calf injury and Dejounte Murray is also out with a knee injury. Bogdan Bogdanovic is also unavailable because of a knee injury while John Collins is out with a back injury. Trae Young is out due to a groin problem whereas De’Andre Hunter is probable due to a knee issue.
As for the Celtics, Al Horford is out with a back injury while Marcus Smart is questionable due to a neck problem. Jaylen Brown has a finger injury and is out whereas Jayson Tatum is questionable due to a hip injury. Robert Williams III is also questionable because of a knee issue.
Atlanta Hakws vs Boston Celtics: Injury List
|Clint Capela||Atlanta Hawks||Out||Calf|
|Dejounte Murray||Atlanta Hawks||Out||Knee|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||Atlanta Hawks||Out||Knee|
|John Collins||Atlanta Hawks||Out||Back|
|Trae Young||Atlanta Hawks||Out||Groin|
|De’Andre Hunter||Atlanta Hawks||Probable||Knee|
|Al Horford||Boston Celtics||Out||Back|
|Marcus Smart||Boston Celtics||Questionable||Neck|
|Jaylen Brown||Boston Celtics||Out||Finger|
|Jayson Tatum||Boston Celtics||Questionable||Hip|
Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics: Betting Odds
|Atlanta Hawks||+210||+6.5 (-110)||O 227 (-110)|
|Boston Celtics||-250||-6.5 (-110)||U 227 (-110)|
Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics: Starting 5s
Hawks: F Saddiq Bey, F De’Andre Hunter, C Onyeka Okongwu, G Jalen Johnson, G Aaron Holiday
Celtics: F Jayson Tatum, F Blake Griffin, C Robert Williams III, G Sam Hueser, G Derrick White
Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics: Betting Prediction
The Celtics have a 2-0 lead over the Hawks so far this season. They now have a chance at home to make it 3-0 and finish the regular season with another win. Their home record is a one of the best in the league at 31-9 which gives them a solid advantage whereas the Hawks are 17-23 on the road. The Celtics have been brilliant in both offense and defense. They are 4th in the league in offense, averaging 117.9 ppg while the Hawks are 3rd, averaging 118.5. However, it is the defense that makes all the difference between the two teams. The Celtics are 4th in defense as well, conceding only 111.4 ppg whereas the Hawks are 25th overall, conceding 118.1 ppg.
Considering the current form and statistics of both teams, expect the Celtics to cover the spread at home.