Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics by FairPlayBet

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This is match between 4th and 5th team from East Conference regular season, Atlanta Hawks 40-26 (23-10 & 17-16) - Boston Celtics 39-27 (24-9 & 15-18). It will be interesting series, there is no doubt about that, both teams have strong home court, but in the same time both are capable of winning on the road against top oponents. Tonight's first game in the series could be IMO one of those where guests could steal victory.


Three head to head games were in this shortened regular season. Here in Atlanta one win each, 76:79 & 97:92 while in only game played in Boston, Celtics won with score 88-86. The same as it was in regular season, could be now in play-off. And by this I mean that all games should be very close. So, even this short handicap could be very helpful if game will be again decided in one possession.


Both teams will have its advantages in this series. For Hawks the bigest is home court advantage, but we should know that no matter of great 23-10 record, Atlanta is not one of toughest away courts in the league. They are not even close to it.


Experience is certainly on the side of Celtics. Garnett, Pierce and Allen are certainly the most experienced trio in the league.


But where I see the bigest advantage for Celtics in this series is on position of point guard where Boston has Rajon Rondo who is still high class for Atlanta's Jeff Teague.


Also injury problem is what troubles both teams and this may have an effect on winner not just tonight but overall in the series. Again, I see Celtics with advantage. Their main concern is about Ray Allen. Because of ankle injury Allen has missed the final two weeks and he is questionable for opening game. But IMO the much greater concern should be in team of Atlanta since Hawks are very weakened on the position of the center. Al Horford is now already long absence and Hawks were hoping that Horford will recover by the beginning of play off. But there is nothing about that, at least not for first play-off round. Furthermore, Zaza Pachulia, who steped up during the season and who took Horford's place, is also questionable since he has missed the last seven games of the regular season with a sprained left foot.

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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Boston (+2) Unibet 1.91 7 83-74 LOST (-7 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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