For today’s basketball betting pick, we take a look at Friday’s first game of the night. Thus, we go to State Farm Arena for the first where the Celtics are travelling to take on the Hawks. In this series, the Celtics have been dominating with 2 wins are and looking for a sweep. However, can the Hawks manage a win with the home advantage? Let’s find out what our basketball handicappers have to say with their Celtics vs Hawks Betting Pick and analysis.
For this matchup, the Boston Celtics are the clear favorite with a -205 Money Line and a -5 pointspread. This is because sportsbooks are expecting the Celtics to easily win against the Hawks in game three of this series. Furthermore, the over/under is at 228 which means we can expect a lot of points on the board.
Most fans who bet on basketball expect to see the Celtics make it far in the NBA playoffs this year. Thus, the public betting will mostly be on the Celtics. Atlanta on the other hand barely made the playoffs and need to win this game if they want to continue.
Celtics vs Hawks Prediction and Analysis for 04/21/2023
Boston ranks second in the Eastern Conference with a 57-25 record and have been dominating the court in this series. This is because their have won the first 2 games in the series with double digits and have had a terrific defense. Interestingly enough, the spread for this game is only 5 while during game 2, it was at 10.5. Therefore, it seems like the sportsbooks have set these betting odds putting a lot of faith Atlanta at home.
In their last game against Atlanta, the Celtics had a slow start. However, thanks to Jayson Tatum, they eventually had a dominating lead. Jayson Tatum led Boston in double figures with 29 points. This is in addition to having ten rebounds and six assists. For his part, Derrick White got in 26 points and seven rebounds while Jaylen Brown got18 points for Boston.
The Celtics are outscoring opponents by 6.5 points per game with a +535 scoring differential overall. While their offense and defense is much better at home they are looking to continue their dominance. In addition, with the way Tatum has been playing, the Hawks will have a hard time covering him.
On the other hand, we have the Atlanta Hawks who rank 7 in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record. While the Hawks are a solid team, many gambling experts believe they have many issues with their roster. This is because they have several players that are below average when it comes to 3-pointers. Therefore, the Celtics are making it difficult for Trae Young and Dejounte Murray when they go on the offense.
However, they did make the playoffs thanks to an impressive performance during the Play-in-Tournament. We can be sure that tonight, they will show that they belong in the playoffs.
Celtics vs Hawks Betting Pick
Game time: 04/21/2023 at 7:00 PM EDT
Bet on the Over 228
The Celtics enter Game 3 of this series with a high moral after winning 2 of 2 games at home. Atlanta knows that they need a win to stay in the playoffs and will work extra hard at home. Thus, this will be a tough game to call since neither team has had any significant injury to report.
However, Atlanta averages 119.6 points per game at home and rank third in the league for scoring. In addition, ton average they give up around 118.1 points per game with a +24 scoring differential. Even though we predict that Boston will win with a final score of 120-115, they may not cover the spread. Thus, the safe bet is to go with the Over on the totals.