Friday, December 18, 2015
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The Atlanta Hawks travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Friday, December 18, 2015. The opening line for this game has Boston as 2.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 205.5.
The Hawks come into this game with an overall record of 15-12 and a road record of 6-6. They are 4th in the Southeast Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.7 as they are averaging 100.7 points per game while giving up 100 per contest. The Celtics have an overall record of 14-12 and a home record of 7-6. They currently are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 103.1 points per game and surrendering 99.2, good for a point differential of 4.
Jeff Teague comes into this contest averaging 15.6 points per game while playing 29.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Hawks. He pulls down 2.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. Paul Millsap averages 18.1 points per game in 33.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.4 assists per contest and 9 rebounds per game for Atlanta. His field goal percentage is 49% for the year while his free throw percentage is 78%.
Isaiah Thomas averages 21.2 points per game while playing 32.1 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 2.7 rebounds per game and has 6.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 90%. Avery Bradley averages 15.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.4 rebounds per contest and 2.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
Atlanta averages 100.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 17th in the league. They average 47.1 rebounds per game and 25.2 assists per game which ranks them 30th and 2nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 14th with 14.7 per game. The Hawks allow 100 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 16th and 26th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 53 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 22.7 assists per contest which puts them in 21st place in the league. They force 16.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 6th in the league.
Boston averages 103.1 points per game this year which ranks them 7th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them sitting in the 23rd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 22nd in the NBA. They average 52.9 rebounds per game and 24.3 assists per contest which ranks them 11th and 4th respectively. In the turnover department the Celtics rank 20th with 15.3 per game. The Celtics allow 99.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 10th and 9th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 55.3 rebounds a game which ranks 27th and they give up 20.3 assists per contest which puts them in 9th place in the league. The Celtics force 18 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the NBA.
Atlanta Hawks Betting Trends
The Atlanta Hawks are 12-14-1 against the spread
The Atlanta Hawks are 11-16-0 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 14-11-1 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 12-13-1 against the over/under
Atlanta Hawks Injuries
No key injuries to report
Boston Celtics Injuries
11/23/15 PG Marcus Smart Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Boston
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