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Atlanta vs. Boston, 05/10/2012 20:00
Point Spread: -6½/-108 Boston
NBA FREE PICK: Boston Celtics -6.5
My money is on the Celtics to cover the 6.5-point spread posted for Game 6. A lot of people will look at the Hawks win in Game 5 as a sign that they will cover tonight. I don't think that's the case at all.
While the Hawks were able to keep their season alive, it came at a price. Al Horford, Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague, and Josh Smith all logged over 40 minutes and Marvin Williams was out there for 35 minutes. It's not easy coming back from a regular season game after you log that many minutes. I really think it will take it's tole on Horford and Smith. Horford has only played two games since returning from injury and Smith has been bothered by a sore knee.
If the Hawks thought it was hard to score on the Celtics defense, those tired legs are going to make it that much harder for them to hit their jump shots. It could also limit the level of intensity in which the Hawks play defense. I look for Boston to take control early and end up winning this game by 10-12 points. BET THE CELTICS!