The NBA has another action packed slate of games throughout Friday night. Nine games will be up on the board throughout February 19. One of these games will be between the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics. These two teams have had strong starts to the season, which should lead to a great game in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.
Atlanta has started out this season with a record of 12-16, which has them sitting in tenth place of Eastern Conference. The Hawks are coming off a win in their last game, which ended a four game losing streak. Atlanta will look to build off that win in this one as they try to move up the standings. The Hawks are only one win from jumping to the sixth seed.
The Celtics have put up a record of 14-14 throughout the season so far, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. Boston is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost five of their last seven games. The Celtics have struggled a bit as of late and will look to turn it around in this one to avoid falling further in the standings.
These two teams are sitting in the playoff race to this point in the season, which should lead to a great game on Friday night. Boston has been slightly better throughout this season, but I expect the Hawks to come out strong in this one. Atlanta was able to knock off the Celtics in their last meeting and will look to repeat that success on Friday night.
The Hawks and the Celtics met up three times throughout last season. Boston hosted the first game on January 3. Trae Young finished with 28 points and 10 assists, while Kevin Huerter dropped 17 points. Jaylen Brown put up 24 points and 10 rebounds on the night. The Celtics starting lineup combined for 84 points as Boston grabbed a 109-106 win.
Atlanta hosted the second game of the season series on February 3. Trae Young finished with 34 points and John Collins had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Jayson Tatum dropped 28 points and 7 rebounds. Gordan Hayward put up 24 points, while Jaylen Brown finished with 21 points on the night. The Celtics were able to earn a 123-115 win.
The third game of this season series shifted to Boston on February 7. John Collins dropped 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Kevin Huerter scored 25 points. It was not enough for the Hawks though. Jayson Tatum finished with 32 points on the night. Enes Kanter and Romeo Langford both put up 16 points and Kanter added 15 rebounds. The Celtics swept the season series with a 112-107 win.
The first meeting of this season’s series was on February 17 in Boston. Jayson Tatum put up 35 points on the night and Jaylen Brown dropped 22 points. This time the Celtics came up short though. Trae Young finished with 40 points and 8 assists. Clint Capela posted 24 points and 13 rebounds. The Hawks were able to grab a 122-114 win.
Field Goal Shooting
Atlanta has not been great at shooting the ball so far this season. The Hawks have been able to make around 45.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 22nd in the league. Atlanta has been able to make around 35.4 percent of their shots from deep, which is also 22nd in the NBA. The Hawks have drained 82.1 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 5th in the league.
The Celtics have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season so far. Boston has shot 46.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 17th in the NBA. The Celtics have been able to sink around 37.6 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 10th in the league. Boston is shooting 76.1 percent from the free throw line, which is 22nd in the NBA.
These two teams have not been great shooting the ball this season, but Boston has a slight edge. The Hawks have been stronger on defense this season. Atlanta has held their opponents to a 45.7 percent from field goal range, which is 8th in the league. The Hawks will look to slow down the Celtics from behind the arc to grab this win.
Trae Young is the leader for this young Atlanta team this season. Young is averaging 26.5 points and 9.5 assists per game. John Collins has averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Clint Capela is averaging 14.5 points and 14 rebounds, while Kevin Huerter has averaged 12 points per game. Cam Reddish is averaging 11.5 points and Danilo Gallinari has averaged 10.5 points per game.
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are both leading this Celtics team this season. Brown has averaged 26 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Tatum is averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds per game. Kemba Walker has averaged 16.5 points and 4 assists per game. Boston is without Marcus Smart, who was averaging 13 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their stars so far this season. Boston has had a more top heavy scoring team this season, while the Hawks have had a better spread of scoring. The Celtics will look for some players to step up in this one as they face off against Atlanta. If the Hawks depth can step up though, they could knock off Boston in this one.
The Celtics are coming off a loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night and will look to bounce back in this one. Boston has been the better overall team this season, but the Hawks have not been bad. I think that the Celtics will be able to bounce back though. If Boston can get some extra scoring from their bench, I think Tatum and Brown can give them the boost to the win.
BetOnline has the Celtics listed as a -4 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Boston on Friday night. The Celtics are at home and coming off a loss, which makes me like this line. I think that the Celtics will be able to split this back to back with the Hawks at home. If Boston can make a strong early push, they should be able to cover this spread.