Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 2/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-3)
The Boston Celtics (15-15) travel to State Farm Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the Atlanta Hawks (13-17). Boston opens this matchup as 3-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 225.
The Boston Celtics faced off with the New Orleans Pelicans and ended up losing by a score of 120-115 in their last game. Boston walked away from the contest having earned a 39.8% FG percentage (39 of 98) and converted 10 out of their 37 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Celtics converted 27 of their 34 attempts for a rate of 79.4%. In terms of grabbing boards, they earned 49 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 22 dimes for this game while having 9 steals and 11 blocks. With regard to defense, Boston allowed 44.7% from the floor on 42 of 94 shooting. New Orleans distributed 22 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Pelicans collected 52 rebounds (12 offensive, 40 defensive) and earned 7 blocks. New Orleans finished the game shooting 67.6% from the free throw line by converting 25 of their 37 shots. They also converted 11 out of their 36 tries from downtown.
Jayson Tatum is one guy who was a major factor in this matchup. He totaled 32 points on 10 of 24 shooting. He played for 41:00 minutes played and pulled down 9 boards. Tatum finished the contest at 41.7% from the field and distributed 2 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this contest for the Celtics was Jaylen Brown. He grabbed 6 rebounds and also earned 9 dimes. He ended up going 30.4% from the field in this game by shooting 7-of-23 (25 points). When the game finished, Brown saw the court for 40:49 min.
Boston will take the court with a record of 15-15 this year. The Celtics are shooting 37.3% on shots from distance (371 of 994) and 76.2% from the charity stripe. They average 110.8 points per contest (21st in the league) while hitting 46.2% from the field. They turn it over 14.5 times per game and as a unit they commit 21.4 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Boston is collecting 44.0 rebounds per contest and has 667 assists so far this season, which is 26th in the league in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Celtics are able to force 14.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.8 personal fouls. They are 8th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 698 relinquished for the season. The Celtics defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 46.7% (442 of 595) and they concede 42.6 boards per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 35.0% from beyond the arc while they are 7th in the NBA in PPG allowed (109.8).
When they last played, the Atlanta Hawks walked away with a victory by a final of 123-115 when they played the Denver Nuggets. The Hawks corralled 34 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 44 in the game. They also stuffed 4 attempts while earning 6 steals for this contest. The Nuggets earned 24 personal fouls in this contest which took the Hawks to the free throw line for a total of 33 tries. They were able to convert 27 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 81.8%. In reference to 3-point shots, Atlanta converted 12 out of 34 attempts (35.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Hawks shot 42 for 81 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.9%. The Hawks allowed the Nuggets to convert 43 of 84 tries from the field which had them sitting at 51.2% in this game. They finished 44.4% from three-point range via 16 out of 36 and finished the contest at 13 of 16 at the charity stripe (81.3%). With respect to attacking the glass, Atlanta permitted Denver to snag 33 in total (3 on the offensive side).
Trae Young was important for the Hawks in this contest. He made 10 out of 19 in the game for a rate of 52.6%, which earned him 35 points. Young snagged 6 boards in his 36:07 minutes of playing time and added 15 dimes for this contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Atlanta was Clint Capela. He ended up walking away with 22 points in 31:48 mins on the court by going 8 out of 9 shooting in this matchup. Capela ended up shooting 88.9% from the field and also totaling 2 assists and 10 rebounds.
Atlanta has a win-loss record of 13-17 on the season. The Hawks are responsible for committing 19.9 fouls per contest and they go 82.4% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 24.4 times per contest (18th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.1 times per game. Atlanta has earned 3,399 points this season (113.3 per game) and they collect 45.6 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Hawks are shooting 45.3% from the floor, which is 21st in the NBA. The Hawks on defense are ranked 21st in the league in points allowed per game with 113.2. The Atlanta defense allows 34.6% from downtown (352 of 1,018) and opponents are making 82.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 23.9 dimes and 43.5 total boards per game, which ranks them 11th and 11th in the NBA. They have forced 12.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.2% from the floor (13th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta (+3)
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