Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 2/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics
Date: Friday, February 19, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+4.5)
The Boston Celtics (14-14) play the Atlanta Hawks (12-16) at TD Garden on Friday. Atlanta opens this contest as 4.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 225.5.
The Atlanta Hawks played the Celtics and earned the victory with a final of 122-114 in their last game. Atlanta wrapped up the game with a 57.1% field goal percentage (44 of 77) and converted 8 out of their 24 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Hawks converted 26 of their 31 shots for a percentage of 83.9%. In reference to rebounding, they collected 37 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 19 dimes for the contest in addition to getting 8 steals and 2 blocked shots. With respect to defense, Atlanta allowed 46.5% from the field on 40 out of 86 shooting. Boston earned 22 assists and had 9 steals in this contest. Additionally, the Celtics snagged 37 rebounds (11 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Boston finished shooting 88.9% at the free throw line by burying 24 of their 27 shots. They also buried 10 of their 31 shots from three-point range.
Trae Young is someone who was a major contributor for the game. He scored 40 points on 14 out of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35:08 mins and snagged 3 rebounds. Young went 70.0% from the field and also totaled 8 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Hawks was Clint Capela. He totaled 13 boards and also tallied 2 assists. He finished 76.9% from the field in this contest by going 10-of-13 (24 points). When the final whistle blew, Capela saw the court for 32:39 minutes.
Atlanta enters this matchup with a record of 12-16 for the season. They currently have an average of 113.1 points per contest (15th in basketball) while hitting 45.2% from the field. The Hawks are shooting 35.4% on 3-point shots (341 of 962) and 82.1% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Atlanta is pulling in 45.8 rebounds per game and has accounted for 683 assists on the campaign, which ranks 17th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.3 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 20.1 personal fouls per contest. On the defensive end, the Hawks have forced 12.5 turnovers every game while drawing 21.6 fouls. They are currently ranked 10th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 667 relinquished so far this season. The Hawks defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.7% (351 of 606) and they concede 43.9 boards per contest as a unit. They surrender 34.0% on three-point shots and they are 19th in the league in PPG allowed (112.9).
In their loss to Atlanta, the Celtics were able to collect 26 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 37 for the contest. They turned away 3 shots while getting 9 steals for the game. The Hawks had 18 personal fouls for this contest which got the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 27 attempts. They were able to make 24 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 88.9%. When talking about shooting from beyond the arc, Boston converted 10 of 31 tries (32.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Celtics finished the game shooting 40 out of 86 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.5%. The Celtics allowed the Hawks to convert 44 of their 77 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 57.1% for the contest. They finished 33.3% from three-point range by hitting 8 out of 24 and ended up shooting 26 of 31 at the free throw line (83.9%). When discussing rebounding, Boston allowed Atlanta to collect 37 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Jayson Tatum was important for the Celtics in this matchup. He made 11 of 21 for the matchup giving him a rate of 52.4%, which earned him 35 points. Tatum snagged 6 rebounds in his 34:53 mins of playing time and tallied 6 assists for this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Boston was Jaylen Brown. He finished with 22 points in his 35:21 minutes on the hardwood via 6 of 20 shooting for the matchup. Brown ended the game having shot 30.0% from the floor and also collecting 7 dimes and 3 rebounds.
Boston has a mark of 14-14 for the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Celtics are shooting 46.1% from the floor, which ranks them 17th in basketball. Boston has accounted for 3,088 pts this season (110.3 per contest) and they pull in 43.8 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 22.1 times per contest (28th in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.5 times per contest. The Celtics are responsible for committing 21.1 fouls per contest while shooting 76.1% from the free throw line. The Celtics on the defensive end are ranked 6th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 109.4. They allow 23.4 assists and 42.4 boards every game, ranking them 5th and 6th in the NBA. The Boston defense gives up 35.3% on three-point shots (321 of 910) and their opposition knocks down 79.2% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 14.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 47.0% from the field (18th in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Boston (-4.5) and over 225.5 points
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