Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics NBA Picks & Predictions 2/2/2018
Friday, February 2, 2018
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The Atlanta Hawks travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Friday, February 2, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Boston as 8 point favorites.
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The Hawks come into this game with an overall record of 15-36. They are 5th in the Southeast Division. They currently have a point differential of -4.7 as they are averaging 103.6 points per game while giving up 108.3 per contest. The Celtics have an overall mark of 37-15. They currently are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 103.1 points per contest and giving up 98.3, which is a point differential of 4.8.
Valuable Atlanta Hawks Betting Trends
The Atlanta Hawks are 26-23-2 against the spread
The Atlanta Hawks are 25-26-0 against the over/under
Important Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 31-19-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 25-26-1 against the over/under
Key Atlanta Hawks Injuries
02/01/18 PG Dennis Schroder Shoulder injured last game, is probable Friday vs Boston
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
10/17/17 SF Gordon Hayward Ankle is out indefinitely
02/01/18 PG Kyrie Irving Quad is "?" Friday vs Atlanta
01/31/18 SF Marcus Morris Hip left last game, is "?" Friday vs. Atlanta
01/26/18 SG Marcus Smart Hand is out indefinitely
Dennis Schroder averages 19.4 points per game in 31.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.6 assists per contest and 3 rebounds per game for Atlanta. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 87%. Taurean Waller-Prince comes into this contest averaging 12 points per game while playing 30.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Hawks. He pulls down 5 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 80%.
Kyrie Irving averages 24.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.7 rebounds per contest and 5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 88%. Jayson Tatum averages 13.5 points per game while playing 31 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 5.5 rebounds per game and has 1.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Hawks allow 108.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 26th and 29th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.5 rebounds a game which ranks 18th, and they give up 25.9 assists per contest which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 16 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the league. Atlanta averages 103.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4.67 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 21st. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 7th in the league. They average 40.8 rebounds per game and 23.8 assists per game, which ranks them 26th and 4th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 7th with 15.5 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Celtics surrender 98.3 points per contest, which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. Their defense is allowing a 43% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 1st and 1st in those defensive statistics. They rank 3rd with 20.2 assists allowed per contest, and 22nd with 44.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Celtics are 11th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.3 per game this season. Boston is 23rd in the league with 103.1 points per game this year. They are 24th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 4.79. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 8th in the NBA. They are 9th in the league in rebounding with 44.4 boards per game and 19th in assists per contest with 22.1. The Celtics are 21st in turnovers per game with 14.1.
The Hawks are 22nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.4, and their defensive rating of 111.2 is ranked 5th. In terms of pace they are 15th in the league with 97.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 17th. As a team they are 15th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 10th in the league. Atlanta is 3rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 3rd in the league.
Boston is 18th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%, which is 30th in the league. The Celtics are 17th in the NBA in offensive rating with 107, and their defensive rating of 102 is ranked 30th. In terms of pace they are 20th in the league with 96 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 15th. As a team they are 17th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 5th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Hawks/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Boston -8
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