Hawks vs Celtics Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/7/2020
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics
Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Boston -6.5
TD Garden is the venue where Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics (35-15, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) will play the Atlanta Hawks (14-38, 5th in the Southeast Division) on Friday. Boston opens this game as 6.5 point favorites. The O/U opens at 228.
The Hawks cover the spread 46.2% of the time, having gone 24-28-0 ATS. Boston is covering 64.6% of the time, going 31-17-2 against the spread.
Key Atlanta Hawks Injuries
02/06/20 PF Bruno Fernando Calf left last game, is questionable Friday vs Boston
02/05/20 SG DeAndre' Bembry Hand is questionable Friday vs Boston
02/05/20 SF Cameron Reddish Concussion is questionable Friday vs Boston
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
02/06/20 SG Jaylen Brown Ankle injured last game, is questionable Friday vs Atlanta
02/05/20 PG Marcus Smart Thigh is questionable Friday vs Atlanta
02/05/20 PF Daniel Theis Ankle is questionable Friday vs Atlanta
02/05/20 PG Kemba Walker Knee is questionable Friday vs Atlanta
John Collins averages 19.7 points per game in 31.2 minutes per contest. He averages 1.2 assists per contest and 10.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 56% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%. Trae Young comes into this contest averaging 29.3 points per game while playing 34.9 minutes per night. He pulls down 4.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 9.0 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is at 85%.
Jayson Tatum averages 21.9 points per game and he sees the court an average of 33.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.8 rebounds per contest and 2.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 84%. Jaylen Brown averages 20.3 points per game while playing 33.6 minutes per contest. He grabs 6.5 rebounds per game and has 2.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is at 75%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Hawks allow 118.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 26th and 16th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.7 rebounds a game which ranks 26th, and they give up 24.4 assists per contest which puts them in 16th place in the league. They force 15.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the league. Atlanta averages 109.5 points per contest this season, which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -8.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 23rd. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 29th in the league. They average 43.0 rebounds per game and 23.2 assists per contest, which ranks them 24th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 1st with 16.7 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Celtics surrender 105.4 points per contest, which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 5th and 7th in those defensive statistics. They rank 4th with 22.8 assists allowed per contest, and 9th with 43.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Celtics are 26th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.6 per game. Boston is 12th in the league with 112.7 points per game this year. They are 10th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 7.4. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 14th in the NBA. They are 15th in the league in rebounding with 45.4 boards per game and 20th in assists per contest with 23.4. The Celtics are 23rd in turnovers per game with 13.8.
The Hawks are 29th in the NBA in offensive rating with 105.2, and their defensive rating of 113.7 is ranked 27th. In terms of pace they are 3rd in the league with 103.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 24th. As a team they are 24th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shots, ranking 12th in the league. Atlanta is 2nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 7th in the league.
Boston is 23rd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 24th in the NBA. The Celtics are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 105.7, and their offensive rating of 113.1 is ranked 3rd. They are 16th in the NBA in pace with 99.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 11th. As a unit they are 9th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 14th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Hawks/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Atlanta +6.5
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