Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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The Boston Celtics travel to Philips Arena to play the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The series is tied 2-2. The opening line for this game has Atlanta as 6.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 201.
The Celtics had a regular season record of 48-34 and a road record of 20-21. They were 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They had a point differential of 3.2 as they averaged 105.7 points per game while giving up 102.5 per contest. Boston was 10-6 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 31-21. The Hawks had a regular season record of 48-34 and a home record of 27-14. They were 2nd in the Southeast Division. They averaged 102.8 points per game and surrendered 99.2, good for a point differential of 3.6. Atlanta had a division record of 8-8 and a conference record of 29-23.
Isaiah Thomas comes into this contest after averaging 22.2 points per game while playing 32.2 minutes per night this season for the Celtics. He pulled down 3 rebounds per game and dished out 6.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 43% while his free throw percentage was at 87%. Jae Crowder averaged 14.2 points per game in 31.6 minutes per contest this season. He averaged 1.8 assists per contest and 5.1 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage was 44% for the year while his free throw percentage was 82%.
Jeff Teague averaged 15.7 points per game while playing 28.5 minutes per contest this year for the Hawks. He grabbed 2.7 rebounds per game and had 5.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage was 44% and his free throw percentage was at 84%. Paul Millsap averaged 17.1 points per game this season and he saw the court an average of 32.7 minutes per contest. He also averaged 9 rebounds per contest and 3.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 47% and his free throw percentage was 76%.
Boston averaged 105.3 points per contest this season which ranked them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was 3 and their shooting percentage was 44% as a team which had them ranked 27th. Behind the arc they shot 33% which was good for 28th in the league. They averaged 53.7 rebounds per game and 24.1 assists per game which ranked them 6th and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 12th with 13.8 per game. The Celtics allowed 102.4 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 13th in the league. They also allowed a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 7th and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 55.4 rebounds a game which ranked 28th and they gave up 20.9 assists per contest which put them in 6th place in the league. They forced 16.4 turnovers per game which ranked them 2nd in the league.
Atlanta averaged 102.7 points per game this year which ranked them 13th in the league. Their average scoring margin was 3.6 and their shooting percentage was 46% as a team which had them sitting in the 11th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 35% which was good for 18th in the NBA. They averaged 49.5 rebounds per game and 25.4 assists per contest which ranked them 28th and 2nd respectively. In the turnover department the Hawks ranked 21st with 14.9 per game. The Hawks allowed 99.1 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 6th in the league. They also allowed a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 6th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 55.4 rebounds a game which ranked 27th and they gave up 22 assists per contest which put them in 15th place in the league. The Hawks forced 16.1 turnovers per game which ranked them 5th in the NBA.
The Celtics averaged 104.5 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 94.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of 0.4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -3.3 per contest. The Celtics had an offensive rating of 106.8 and a defensive rating of 103.6. In terms of pace they averaged 98.5 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 49%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shot 3 pointers on 29% of their shots. Boston turned the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions and they forced 14.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 49%.
The Hawks scored 103.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 98 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 3.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they had a difference of 6 points per game. The Hawks rating on offense was 105.1 and they had a defensive rating of 101.4. They had 97.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempted 3 pointers on 34% of their shot attempts. Atlanta turned the ball over on 13.8 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 14.4 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 48%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics were 41-39-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics were 39-42-1 against the over/under
Atlanta Hawks Betting Trends
The Atlanta Hawks were 41-39-2 against the spread
The Atlanta Hawks were 38-43-1 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
04/24/16 C Kelly Olynyk Shoulder is downgraded to doubtful Sunday vs. Atlanta
04/23/16 PG Isaiah Thomas Not Suspended is upgraded to probable Sunday vs. Atlanta
04/17/16 PG Avery Bradley Hamstring out indefinitely
Atlanta Hawks Injuries
04/24/16 PG Dennis Schroder Ankle probable Sunday vs. Boston
04/24/16 G Kent Bazemore Knee probable Sunday vs. Boston
04/23/16 F Al Horford Groin probable Sunday vs. Boston
02/17/16 F Tiago Splitter Hip out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Boston
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