Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Preview 12/17/08

NBA Betting Preview
Boston Celtics (23-2) at Atlanta Hawks (15-9)
Wednesday, 4:05 pm Eastern – ESPN

The Boston Celtics 15-game winning streak will get a serious test on Wednesday night in Atlanta where the Hawks are 9-1 this season.  Boston didn’t have any success in Atlanta last season, losing all three playoff games.  The Hawks have already ended a long winning streak this season as they broke Cleveland’s 11-game winning streak on Saturday.  The Hawks had a letdown on Monday against Charlotte but still survived to win 83-79 as Joe Johnson scored 28 points. “If we continue to take care of our home court, we can put ourselves in good position to get ahead of some of the teams in our division,” said Johnson, “It’s a big advantage (playing at home), especially when the crowd is up to it.”


Check out the current line for this game at SBG Global.


The Celtics come into Wednesday’s game having won 15 straight, their longest as a franchise since the 1981-82 team won 18 in a row.  The Celtics latest win was a 100-91 win against Utah on Monday. Point guard Rajon Rondo had a career-high 25 points and almost had a triple-double as he had nine rebounds and eight assists.  Wednesday’s game could be a defensive struggle since Boston is allowing a league low 41.5 percent against them while the Hawks have allowed only one of their last eleven opponents to reach 100 points.


Here are the NBA betting stats for Wednesday’s game. The Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games. The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta.


The Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games. The Hawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Hawks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. the Eastern Conference. The Hawks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games. The home team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between the two teams.


SBG Global Current Line: Celtics   4 ,  Total  186.5


The Over is 4-0 in the Celtics last 4 vs. the Eastern Conference. The Over is 6-1 in the Celtics last 7 Wednesday games. The Over is 7-2 in the Celtics last 9 vs. the Southeast. The Under is 6-1 in the Hawks last 7 overall. The Over is 14-6 in the Hawks last 20 home games. The Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Atlanta between the two teams.

Pick: Celtics 3 out of 5 units