The Atlanta Hawks will host the Boston Celtics for game 1 of their Eastern Conference opening round playoff series. Up to date information for this game can be found by visiting Oddsmaker sportsbook.
Head to head, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The Hawks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 playoff games as a favorite and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Celtics on the other hand are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games, 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
The Boston Celtics come into the playoffs playing the best basketball they have all season. They have been an impressive 24-10 since the all-star break and have changed the tune of some that counted this team out earlier in the season. The Hawks have also had an impressive season finishing as a top 4 team in the conference and this was with Al Horford missing most of the season with an injury. Joe Johnson and Josh Smith were the main cogs for the Hawks and Atlanta was very dominant at home during the regular season as they had a 23-10 record in Phillips Arena.
The Hawks are winners of 6 of 10 vs. the Celtics in the recent meetings. Boston did however take 2 of the 3 meetings this season. All three of those games however had final scores of less than 5 points, which may indicate the type of series we are in for.
A lot of people are on the hot Celtics as this series begins. Atlanta does come into the playoffs on a bit of a roll themselves and we think they draw first blood in the series. Lay the small amount of points and take the Hawks at the sports books.