The Atlanta Hawks (41-41) are trying to overcome the odds as 5.5-point underdogs in Game 3 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and will face off against the Boston Celtics at State Farm Arena on Friday, beginning at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN. The Celtics are ahead 2-0 in the series. The matchup’s point total is 228.5.
How to bet Celtics vs. Hawks
Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Celtics as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -218 odds to pick up the win, while the Hawks are listed at +180 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 228.5 points.
Celtics vs. Hawks Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, April 21, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Location: Atlanta, Georgia
- Arena: State Farm Arena
Celtics vs. Hawks Betting Trends
Against the spread, the Celtics are 44-35-3 this year. Boston has been chosen as the favorite in 74 games this year and has walked away with the win 53 times (71.6%) in those games. Celtics games this year have hit the over on 43 of 82 set point totals.
Against the spread, the Hawks are 35-45-2 this year. Atlanta has won 12 of the 34 games it was the moneyline underdog this season (35.3%). The Hawks have gone over the point total 56.1% of the time this year (46 of 82 games with a set point total).
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What you need to know about the Boston Celtics
In terms of points, Boston is thriving both offensively and defensively, as it ranks fourth-best in the league in points scored (117.9 per game) and fourth-best in points allowed (111.4 per contest). The Celtics score 120.5 points per game in home games, compared to 115.4 points per game in road games, a difference of 5.1 points per contest. The Celtics have seen an increase in scoring recently, racking up 118 points per game in their last 10 contests, 0.1 points more than the 117.9 they’ve scored this year.
Boston is top-five this season in three-point shooting, ranking second-best in the league with 16 treys per game. Meanwhile, it ranks sixth with a 37.7% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. So far this season, the Celtics have taken 52% two-pointers, accounting for 62% of the team’s buckets. They have shot 48% three-pointers (38% of the team’s baskets).
What you need to know about the Atlanta Hawks
Offensively, Atlanta is the third-best team in the NBA (118.4 points per game). Defensively, it is 25th (118.1 points allowed per game). In 2022-23 the Hawks are averaging 2.4 more points per game at home (119.6) than away (117.2). While the Hawks are averaging 118.4 points per game in 2022-23, they have bettered that mark in their past 10 games, amassing 118.5 a contest.
With 10.8 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 35.2% from downtown, Atlanta is 24th and 21st in the league, respectively, in those categories. The Hawks take 66.9% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 33.1% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 75.9% of the Hawks’ buckets are 2-pointers, and 24.1% are 3-pointers.
Celtics vs. Hawks Predictions and Pick
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