Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 3/11/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Atlanta
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-5)
The Atlanta Hawks will try to defeat the Boston Celtics at State Farm Arena on Saturday. Boston opens this matchup as 5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The total is set at 230.5.
The Celtics stepped onto the hardwood against the Trail Blazers and earned the victory with a final of 115-93 in their last game. In regard to fouls, the Celtics ended up with 20 while the Trail Blazers totaled 19 fouls. They made 11 of their 39 tries from 3-point land. Portland finished the game at 81.5% from the charity stripe by burying 22 of 27 shots. Furthermore, Portland pulled down 47 boards (6 offensive, 41 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Portland recorded 18 dimes and had 5 steals for the contest. In relation to defending, Boston allowed the other team to go 36.6% from the field on 30 out of 82 shooting. They also doled out 26 assists in the game as well as creating 15 turnovers and having 9 steals. In relation to rebounding, they earned a total of 45 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Celtics buried 13 of 20 attempts for a percentage of 65.0%. Boston wrapped up the contest with a 47.7% field goal percentage (42 of 88) and knocked down 18 of their 49 three-point shots.
Jayson Tatum is one guy who was a major factor for the contest. Tatum walked away from this one shooting 64.7% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes. He was on the court for 31 mins and also pulled down 7 boards. He ended up finishing with 30 points on 11 out of 17 shooting.
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Boston enters this one with a record of 46-21 this season. They have an average of 117.6 points per game (4th in the NBA) while connecting on 47.3% from the field. The Celtics are connecting on 37.7% on 3-pointers (1,064 of 2,826) and 81.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Boston is snagging 45.3 boards per game and is sitting with 1,761 assists for the year, which is 6th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest and as a unit are committing 19.2 personal fouls per contest.
On defense, the Celtics are forcing 12.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.4 fouls. They are giving up 35.3% from 3-point land and they are 8th in the league in opponents PPG (112.2). The Celtics defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 46.5% (2,806 of 6,028) and they concede 43.9 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are 3rd in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,530 surrendered this year.
When they last played, the Hawks walked away with a victory by a final of 122-120 when they played the Wizards. When talking about attacking the glass, Atlanta permitted Washington to pull down 39 overall (6 offensive). They finished 41.4% from 3-point land by shooting 12 of 29 and ended up shooting 14 of 17 from the free throw line (82.4%). The Hawks allowed the Wizards to make 47 of their 83 tries from the field which had them sitting at 56.6% in this game. Overall, the Hawks went 45 out of 85 from the field which gave them a rate of 52.9%. In terms of shooting from 3-point land, Atlanta buried 12 of their 29 tries (41.4%). They were able to convert 20 of the free throw tries for a rate of 76.9%. The Wizards committed 16 personal fouls for this game which got the Hawks to the free throw line for a total of 26 tries. They also coughed up the ball 11 times, while getting 11 steals for this game. The Hawks collected 28 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 36 for this contest.
Trae Young ended up being a factor for the Hawks in this game. Young recorded 28 points in his 33 minutes on the hardwood and had 10 assists in this game. He converted 11 out of 14 for the matchup for a rate of 78.6%, and totaled 4 rebounds.
Atlanta has a record of 33-33 so far this year. The Hawks are committing 19.1 fouls per contest while shooting 81.7% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 24.7 times per contest (20th in the league) and they turn it over 12.8 times per contest. Atlanta has accumulated 7,736 pts so far this year (117.2 per game) and they pull in 43.5 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Hawks are hitting on 48.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 9th in basketball.
The Hawks are ranked 21st in basketball in points per game surrendered with 117.1. They are able to force 14.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (24th in the league). The Atlanta defense allows 35.2% from downtown (781 of 2,216) and opponents are connecting on 81.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 25.5 dimes and 44.8 total boards per game, which is ranked 15th and 25th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Atlanta (+5)
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