Hawks vs Celtics Prediction - NBA Picks 4/9/23

Boston Celtics (56-25) vs Atlanta Hawks (41-40)

Game Info: Sunday, April 9, 2023 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -6.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics duke it out at the TD Garden on Sunday afternoon.

The Atlanta Hawks have been in decent form as they’ve won four of their last six games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back here after getting beaten by the 76ers in a 136-131 overtime loss on Friday. Trae Young led the way with 27 points and 20 assists, John Collins and Dejounte Murray each scored 19 points while Saddiq Bey chipped in with 15 points off the bench. As a team, the Hawks shot 55 percent from the field and 10 of 33 from the 3-point line as they squandered a 15-point lead after dominating the first half, only to come up short in overtime where the 76ers poured in 17 points to escape with the win.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in great form as they’ve won seven of their last nine games overall and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after routing the Raptors in a 121-102 home win on Friday. Sam Hauser led the team with 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting, Jayson Tatum added 21 points on seven of 12 shooting while Payton Pritchard tallied 22 points with five assists off the bench. As a team, the Celtics shot 55 percent from the field and 15 of 44 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates and never looked in trouble after outscoring the Raptors by 68-40 in the first half.

Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games, 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings overall and the Hawks are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall.

The Hawks are going with a second string lineup in this one as Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Zach Collins and Clint Capela are all ruled out, while the Celtics have listed Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart as questionable here. The Hawks don’t have anything to play for in this one, so they’ve decided to rest their starting lineup but there’s an injury cloud hanging over the Celtics. The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and I think that trend continues here as the Celtics take care of business at home.

Peter’s Pick Boston -6.5

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