The Boston Celtics travel to Atlanta, GA on Monday for a game against the Hawks in a matchup of teams from the Eastern Conference. In their last game, Boston defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by the score of 116-95. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics in points in the game with 32 while shooting 13 of 23 from the field and 5 of 7 from the free throw line. Brown was the leader in rebounds for the Celtics in the game as he pulled in 9 rebounds with 1 coming offensively. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics in assists in the game with 4 while playing a total of 29 minutes.
After the loss to Dallas, Atlanta is now 13-37 on the season and is currently in 5th place in the Southeast Division. Trae Young leads the Hawks in points per game on the year and is scoring 29 per game. Young is also Atlanta’s leader in assists per game and is averaging 9. Alex Len is leading Atlanta in rebounds per game on the season as he is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game. Atlanta enters their game on Monday with 5 players listed on their injury report as Bruno Fernando, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Trae Young are day to day while DeAndre’ Bembry is out.
Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Head to Head
These teams have played 377 regular season games with Celtics holding a large lead 234 to 143. The Celtics currently hold a 1-0 lead in the season series. They also swept the Hawks last season.
Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Stats
After the win against Philadelphia, Boston is now 33-15 on the season and is currently in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. Kemba Walker has been the leading scorer so far this season for Boston as he has scored an average of 22 points per game. Walker is also the leader in assists for the Celtics as he has averaged 5 per game. The leading rebounder for Boston is Enes Kanter who has recorded 8.2 rebounds per game so far on the season. The Celtics enter Monday’s game with 2 player listed on their injury report as Kemba Walker is day to day while Enes Kanter is out.
The Atlanta Hawks welcome the Boston Celtics to town on Monday, just looking for something to be positive about this season. In their last game, Atlanta was defeated by the Dallas Mavericks by the score of 123-100. John Collins led the Hawks in points against the Mavericks, scoring 26 points while shooting 11 of 20 from the field and 3 of 5 from the free throw line. Jeff Teague led the Hawks in assists with 8 while playing 30 minutes in the game. Damian Jones led Atlanta in rebounds as he pulled in 12 on the night, including 1 offensively.
It’s important to get wins in at least two of those three games, as the three games in the week before the All-Star break are tough ones: at the Houston Rockets, at the Oklahoma City Thunder and home the night before the break against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Celtics have proven they can beat anyone, but they’ve also got some bad losses on their ledger too. This week is a good week to clean that up and stock some wins in the race for home court advantage in the playoffs.
The Hawks deserve a lot of credit as a team: every starter scored in double-digits and received double-digit performances from seven players in total, and found 30 bench points on a night where the Hawks ran a shorter rotation normal while also outscoring the Sixers’ bench 30-14, former Hawk Mike Scott accounting for 11 of those points.
Now, that bench scoring differential has more to do with the Sixers’ bench performance than the Hawks’ (players not named Mike Scott for the Sixers shot 1-of-15 off of the bench) but Cam Reddish and Vince Carter gave the Hawks a nice spark off of the bench and you can really see the value of it in this little stretch where the Hawks are missing the production of Alex Len in particular, who has been a consistent contributor for the Hawks. Speaking of Vince Carter, it’s worth mentioning that he passed Dirk Nowitzki for 3rd in all-time games played last night when he took to the floor.
Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks News
Missing players Celtics: Kemba Walker (Knee) will miss the game. Enes Kanter (Hip) and Marcus Smart (Thigh) are questionable.
Missing players Hawks: Alex Len (Hip), Jabari Parker (Shoulder) and Cam Reddish (Concussion) are out. Allen Crabbe (Knee), DeAndre’ Bembry (Hand), Trae Young (Ankle), De’Andre Hunter (Ankle) and Bruno Fernando (Calf) are all doubtful.
Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Odds
Spread: -5.5 Celtics
Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Predictions
The Boston Celtics have scored an average of 112.5 points per game while allowing an average of 105.3 points per game. The Atlanta Hawks have scored an average of 109 points per game while allowing 118.2 points per game. In their last 5 games, the Celtics are 4-1 and have won 3 games in a row while the Hawks are 2-3. The Celtics won the first matchup between these two teams this season by the score of 109-106 in a game played in Boston. The Celtics have won their last 3 meetings against the Hawks by the average score of 117-110.33. Boston is 13-10 on the road this season while Atlanta is 8-16 at home. Boston is 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 games. The total has gone over in 7 of Atlanta’s last 10 games against Boston. I am going with the Celtics in this one. Boston wins 112-105 and covers the spread.