Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics Playoff Game 1 Pick

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 Atlanta Hawks (37-45) at Boston Celtics (66-16)
 Sunday, 8:35 pm Eastern – TNT


The Boston Celtics finished with the best record in the NBA this season with 66 wins but everything starts over now that the playoffs begin.  The Celtics will begin against the team with the worst record that made the playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks.  Atlanta is playing in the postseason for the first time since 1999.  The Hawks are playing well of late though as they have won 11 of their last 15 games.  They didn’t have much success against the Celtics though, (neither did any other team) going 0-3 against them this season.


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This series is expected to be a quick one as most people believe the Celtics will win in four straight.  Led by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, the Celtics are expected to not only beat the Hawks easily but end up in the NBA Finals before all is said and done. The Celtics and Hawks have met nine times in postseason history. Boston has won eight of the nine games but the two teams haven’t played in the postseason since 1988.  The Celtics are back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-2005 season. Since 1984 only three No. 8 seeds have beaten a No. 1 seed in the first round but it happened last season when Golden State shocked Dallas.


Here are the NBA betting stats for Sunday’s game.  The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The Hawks are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games as a road underdog. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Eastern Conference. The underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the two teams.


The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Celtics are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite. The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games. The Celtics are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Celtics are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite.


The Over is 6-2 in the Hawks last 8 vs. the Atlantic. The Over is 9-3 in the Hawks last 12 overall. The Over is 25-9 in the Hawks last 34 Sunday games.

The Over is 8-3 in the Hawks last 11 vs. the Eastern Conference. The Over is 7-3 in the Hawks last 10 road games.


The Under is 4-0 in the Celtics last 4 playoff games as a favorite. The Under is 7-1 in the Celtics last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Under is 4-1 in the Celtics last 5 vs. the Southeast. The Under is 7-3 in the Celtics last 10 overall. The Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Boston between the two teams.


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