Home Favorites A Lock For An NBA Pick In Celtics vs. Hawks Game

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 5:05 PM GMT

The Bradley-less Celtics rebounded with two nice wins in Boston evening up the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at 2-2, but does that me the Hawks are an Automatic NBA Pick in Game 5?

Not so fast Nelson, as we’re dealing with young men in expensive sneakers who probably spend more time on the dumb Smartphone than shooting Free Throws in the gym to perfect their craft like Prince did through the decades of hard work at Paisley Park. So, Let’s go Crazy, put the patient on the Operating Table, open him up, look for a plum of a pick inside and try not to leave the scalpel and sponge in like (it seems) the last 22 times when (trying to) handicap the insane NBA, where so many bets seem 2 go down 2 a last, often meaningless possession.

 

Odds Overview
Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks [Wednesday 01:35] (TNT, CSN-New England, FS-Southeast, Directv 245, Directv 643, Directv 677 (US), 8:35 p.m. EDT/5:35 p.m. PDT): This thrilling Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series moves back down to Atlanta on Tuesday night where Isaiah Thomas and the No. 5-seed Boston Celtics (48-34 SU, 21-20 Away in Regular Season) will look to steal the Home-court advantage away from Paul Millsap and the host and No. 4-seed Hawks (48-34 SU, 27-14 Home) in Game 5 at Philips Arena on Tuesday night. The Home team has won all 4 games in this series and covered ATS in 3 of the 4. Online oddsmakers have made the host Hawks big 7-point favorites at Intertops in this Game 5 with the Total (Points) at 199½ (Intertops). The Money Line (Winner) NBA odds see host Atlanta priced at -310 (Intertops) with the visiting Celtics lined at a healthy +255 on the takeback as the Road underdogs. The First Half odds see the Hawks as 3½-point chalks (Intertops) with the First Half Total appropriately set at 95½ (Intertops).

Boston Celtics
The Eastern Conference’s 5th-seeded Boston Celtics (45-40-1 ATS) and Head Coach Brad Stevens needed a 32-25 4th Quarter on Friday in Beantown to make this a 2-1 series with a 111-103 win at TD Garden and the when the C’s needed a big game, little playmaker Isiah Thomas was a Lion in the Celtics Pocket and baby, he was ready to roar, scoring 42 points in the necessary Boston victory. Starters Amir Johnson (15 points, 7 rebounds), Jonas Jerebko (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Avery Bradley fill-in at SG Evan Turner (17 points, 5 steals) all had nice games for the Celtics while Marcus Smart (11 points, 5 assists) has a nice game off the Leprechauns Bench although he (accidentally) rammed teammate C Jared Sullinger so hard going to the Rim that a deranged Referee may have actually called a charging foul on the young Oklahoma State product with the funky hair. There’s no crying in Basketball brother, that is until your own funking teammate leaves your Ribs black and blue and you’re sleeping in an Ice Bath. But for Ohio State product Sullinger to quickly move his sizable rump in that particular situation would be like asking for less DraftKings commercials on the TV. Not gonna happen. Then on Sunday, the Celtics tied this series up 2-2, winning 104-95 in Overtime again at Home as Thomas had 28 more points in the triumph. On the Injury front for Boston (+4000 to win Eastern Conference at Paddy Power) heading in here, aforementioned SG Avery Bradley (Hamstring) is listed as Out Indefinitely and the only player who will miss this crucial Game 5 with Smart (Ribs) and backup C Kelly Olynyk (Shoulder) having both looking like they have gotten over their respective Injuries. If there were ever a game in which the Celtics (+10000 to win NBA championship at William Hill) could really use the services of Findlay Prep (Las Vegas) and University of Texas product Bradley, it’s right here and and right Now—because This ain’t about this, that, where or how. This about the freaks (the C’s) doing everything they wanna do, Now. That is, if they can.

 

Atlanta Hawks
The 4th-seeded Atlanta Hawks (43-42-1 ATS) and Head Coach Mike Budenholzer will see how valuable that precious Home-court advantage matters they earned by the slimmest of margins this Regular Season here on Tuesday night in what will surely prove to be a pivotal Game 5 as Mr. History has taught us all that the Game 5 winner in the NBA (and usually the NHL, MLB) usually advances on to the next Round. In Sunday’s Loss at Boston, Atlanta (+5600 to win NBA championship, NetBet) was led by Millsap’s aforementioned 45 points (on a Kobe-like 31 Shots) with PG Jeff Teague (13 points) and SG Kyle Korver (10 points) the only other Atlanta Starters in double-figures. C Al Horford (5 points on 2-for-8 shooting, 9 rebounds) and SF Kent Bazemore (5 points on 2-for-10 shooting, 8 rebounds) had very disappointing Offensive nights but decent efforts on the Boards and both will need to and probably will do better here at Home in Game 5, especially Horford and he may end up being the key to this entire game. The Atlanta Bench only added 17 points through PG Dennis Schroeder (7 points), PF Mike Muscala (6 points) and PF Mike Scott (4 points), so, to hold serve here, the Hawks will definitely need better efforts from big men Horford and Bazemore, some more points from SG Korver as well as backups Schroeder and Thabo Sefolosha, who was held scoreless (0-4) in Boston on Sunday. Injury-wise, Tiago Splitter (Hip) has been Out for the Season for Atlanta and is its only concern.

 

Thoughts, Trends, Streaks, Recent Relevant Series Information and Very Leery Pick
With Boston’s (50-36 SU) weekend Sweep in Games 3 and 4, Atlanta (50-36 SU) is still 9-5 SU the L14 meetings in this series—the two teams are split 5-5 ATS in the L10—but the Hawks are just 3-9 ATS in their L12 game overall, so Doubt may be creeping in easily the biggest game of the year for both sides. Period. The Hawks are 7-4 ATS L11 vs. Atlantic Division foes but 3-8 ATS L11 vs. Eastern Conference while Boston is now 4-5 ATS in their L9 Conference Quarterfinal (First Round) games with those two straight Wins and ATS covers, but the Celtics are just 3-10 ATS in their L13 Road games. Or, in Words: Not that good. They seem to freeze away from Boston and maybe this team’s Youth and Inexperience may have something to do with that. The Under is 11-5 in the L16 meetings in this series here at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

This is a series seemingly all about the Site, with the hosts getting out to early 1st Quarter leads—Atlanta, 30-19 in Game 1 and 24-7 in Game 2 (in what was the lowest-scoring Quarter by a team in the Modern Shot Clock Era) and Boston, 37-20 in Game 3 and 24-21 in Game 4—with teams averaging a robust 12.0 point lead at Home after just the first 12 minutes of play so far in this quirky-ass series. So Site matters here and is worth the simple handicap backing, although laying 7 is asking a bit so either toning down the amount or even just using the host Hawks on the Money Line (-310, Intertops) as an NBA Pick to Parlay element with possibly a UEFA Champions League Semifinals pick (Real Madrid +145 at Pinnacle; Fox Sports 1, 2:45 p.m. EDT/11:45 a.m. PDT) and/or maybe an MLB Pick on Cardinals -130, at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook on Tuesday may be the more recreational route as Atlanta will only care about not losing here. Game 6 will be in Boston on Thursday night (TNT, 7 p.m. EDT, 4 p.m. PDT)—we’ll have a Preview in this spot later this week—with a potential magical Game 7 (April 30, TNT) would be back in Atlanta on Saturday if needed. Final Score Prediction: Hawks 103 - Celtics 89

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Free NBA Pick:  Hawks -6½
Best Line Offered:  at The Greek

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