Hawks vs Celtics Prediction - NBA Picks 4/15/23

Boston Celtics (57-25) vs Atlanta Hawks (42-41)

Game Info: Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 3:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -8.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics duke it out in Game 1 at the TD Garden on Saturday afternoon.
 
The Atlanta Hawks will be eager to kick off this series with another upset win after taking down the Heat in a surprising 116-105 road win in Tuesday's play-in game. Trae Young led the way with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Dejounte Murray added 18 points with six assists while Saddiq Bey chipped in with 17 points off the bench. As a team, the Hawks shot 46 percent from the field and just 10 of 41 from the 3-point line which aren't great numbers, but they played like the team who wanted it more and they were always in control after pouring in 36 points in the first quarter to build an early 24-point lead and escape with the upset. What made the win more impressive was that it was a real team effort with a total of seven players finishing in double figures in scoring.
 
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics were one of the most consistent teams in the Eastern Conference all season and they are coming into this one red-hot after winning eight of their last 10 games in the regular season to finish with the second seed. Jayson Tatum led the team with averages of 30.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, Jaylen Brown averaged 26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while Malcolm Brogdon has been solid off the bench with averages of 14.9 points and 3.7 assists per game. As a team, the Celtics are scoring an average of 117.9 points per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from the 3-point line.
 
Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games, 19-8-1 ATS in their last 28 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
 
Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings overall, the Hawks are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Boston and the Hawks are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings overall. 
 
The Hawks are coming into this series at full health and they will be quietly confident following their solid road win over the Heat on Tuesday, while the Celtics are coming into this playoff series red-hot and they should be well-rested to start this one. There is plenty to like about the Hawks after the way they looked on Tuesday, but they got swept 3-0 by the Celtics in the regular season and I think that trend continues here as the Celtics draw first blood.

Peter’s Pick Boston -8.5

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