Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 2/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+4.5)
The Atlanta Hawks (11-16) head to TD Garden on Wednesday where they'll meet the Boston Celtics (13-13). Boston opens this game as 4.5-point favorites. The total opens at 228.
The Atlanta Hawks stepped onto the hardwood against the New York Knicks and ended up losing by a score of 123-112 in their last game. Atlanta ended the contest having earned a 42.4% field goal percentage (36 of 85) and buried 11 out of their 33 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Hawks buried 29 of 32 attempts for a rate of 90.6%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 42 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 17 dimes in this game in addition to earning 5 steals and 6 rejections. In regard to defense, Atlanta allowed the other team to shoot 50.6% from the floor on 42 of 83 shooting. New York distributed 22 assists and had 5 steals in this game. On top of that, the Knicks collected 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and got 6 blocked shots. New York ended up shooting 81.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 22 of their 27 attempts. They made 17 of 34 shots from downtown.
Trae Young is one player who was a contributor for this contest. He ended up scoring 23 points on 6 out of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 39:56 mins and also pulled down 3 rebounds. Young finished the contest at 31.6% from the floor and distributed 8 dimes. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Hawks was John Collins. He totaled 4 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 57.1% from the floor in this contest by shooting 8-of-14 (19 points). In all, Collins was on the court for 30:29 minutes.
Atlanta heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 11-16 this season. They are turning it over 14.2 times per contest and as a unit they commit 20.2 fouls every game. As a team, Atlanta is pulling down 46.1 boards per game and has 664 dimes so far this year, which ranks 17th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Hawks are shooting 35.5% on 3-pointers (333 of 938) and 82.0% from the charity stripe. They average 112.8 pts per game (16th in basketball) while hitting 44.8% from the field. Defensively, the Hawks are able to force 12.4 turnovers every game while drawing 21.4 fouls. They currently rank 9th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 645 relinquished so far this year. The Hawks defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.6% (335 of 579) and they concede 44.1 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are conceding 34.1% on shots from downtown and they rank 18th in basketball in opponents points per game (112.8).
In their last game, the Boston Celtics took a defeat with a final score of 104-91 against the Washington Wizards. The Celtics were able to collect 36 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 50 for the game. They also rejected 2 attempts while getting 5 steals in this game. The Wizards were called for 25 personal fouls in the game which got the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 30 attempts. They were able to make 18 of the free throws for a rate of 60.0%. When talking about three-point shots, Boston made 9 of 35 attempts (25.7%). In all, the Celtics went 32 out of 90 from the field which gave them a rate of 35.6%. The Celtics permitted the Wizards to convert 33 of their 83 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 39.8% in the game. They finished 23.3% from 3-point land by hitting 7 out of 30 and finished the contest at 31 of 36 at the free throw line (86.1%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Boston permitted Washington to get 54 in total (9 offensive).
Kemba Walker ended up being a factor for the Celtics in this contest. He made 9 of 18 for this contest for a rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 25 points. Walker pulled down 7 boards in his 29:03 mins of time on the hardwood and totaled 2 dimes in the matchup. Someone else who was a determining factor for Boston was Jaylen Brown. He notched 25 points in 28:40 minutes played by way of 11 out of 21 shooting in the matchup. Brown walked away from this one going 52.4% from the floor as well as earning 2 dimes and 7 boards.
Boston has a win-loss record of 13-13 so far this season. Boston has accumulated 2,862 points for the campaign (110.1 per game) and they collect 44.1 rebounds per game. The Celtics are committing 20.8 personal fouls every game and they hit 75.0% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Celtics are connecting on 46.0% from the field, which is 17th in basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 22.0 times per game (28th in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.2 times per game. The Celtics on the defensive end are ranked 6th in the league in PPG allowed with 109.3. The Boston defense gives up 35.7% on 3-pointers (304 of 852) and their opponents are knocking down 78.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 23.5 dimes and 42.7 rebounds per game, which is ranked 6th and 7th in the NBA. They are forcing 14.7 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.7% from the floor (17th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (-4.5)
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