The Atlanta Hawks (8-7) meet the Boston Celtics (12-4) Sunday evening in a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff series which saw Boston advance 4-2. The Hawks have won their last two games, while the Celtics come into this contest off a loss Friday to the Magic.
The Hawks played Saturday, so we’ll see if they rest anyone on the second night of a back-to-back set. Jalen Johnson exited Saturday’s game with a wrist issue and didn’t return, so his status is unclear. For the Celtics, Jrue Holiday is questionable with an ankle injury and Kristaps Porzingis is out due to calf tightness.
The Celtics are 8-point favorites according to DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total coming in at 236.5. Boston is -325 on the moneyline while Atlanta is +260.
Hawks vs. Celtics, 6 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Celtics -8
Even with Porzingis set to miss this game and Holiday potentially sidelined, the Celtics are the better squad. Boston has not lost a game at home yet this season, and is 4-2 ATS as the home team. The Celtics are also 3-1-1 ATS when they have the rest advantage, while the Hawks are 2-4 ATS with a rest disadvantage. Even if Trae Young and Dejounte Murray do suit up for this game, they likely won’t have the firepower to keep up with Celtics. Take the home team to win and cover.
Over/Under: Under 236.5
Only two of Boston’s six home games have gone over the total, and I’m liking this contest to go under this high line. The Celtics rank fifth in points allowed per game, and Atlanta’s high-powered offense might have a clunker with some additional fatigue. Boston’s defense is good enough to contain the Hawks here, and that should lead to the total going under this line.