Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET in Atlanta as the Hawks (33-39) host the Celtics (57-15) in an Eastern Conference showdown. Boston is currently favored by 17.5 points, and the over/under line is set at 227.5.

This game will be shown on NBCS.


The Pick: Atlanta Hawks +17.5

This game will be played at State Farm Arena at 7:30 ET on Thursday, March 28th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-111 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.1% and knocking down 19 threes.

Is A Road Victory Likely for the Favored Celtics?

In today’s game vs. the Hawks, the Celtics are favored by 17.5 points. This season, Boston has been favored in 69 of their 72 games and has a record of 55-14 in those games. As the favorite, they have gone 35-31 against the spread, with an average scoring margin of +12 points per game.

On the other hand, the Celtics have an O/U record of 36-35-1 for the season, and the over has hit in each of their last four games. This year, their games have averaged 230.7 points per game, compared to today’s O/U line of 227.5.

Boston’s last game also came against the Hawks, and they lost by a score of 120-118. The teams combined to go over the O/U line of 225.5, and the Celtics were favored by 10.5 points going into the game.

Despite their loss to Atlanta, the Celtics still have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 57-15. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 38-8 and 19-7 in non-conference games.

This season, the Celtics are 37-32 against the spread, including an 18-17 ATS record on the road. Currently, their straight-up road record is 25-12.

Heading into tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics are one of the most prolific three-point shooting teams in the NBA. They lead the league in three-point attempts per game at 42.6 and are hitting 39% of their shots from beyond the arc (3rd).

Overall, the Celtics are averaging 121.1 points per game (2nd). Interestingly, they have actually been slightly better on the road this season, averaging 119 points compared to 123.3 at home.

One area where the Celtics have struggled is in getting to the free-throw line. They are 22nd in free-throw attempts per game but have been efficient when they do get to the line, making 16.9 per game (18th).

At this time, the Celtics’ defense is positioned 6th in the NBA, permitting 109.6 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Celtics defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 52.2% while allowing 34.7% from downtown.

Will Atlanta Secure A Victory as Home Underdogs?

Today, the Hawks will look to extend their winning streak to four games as they face the Celtics. In their last game, Atlanta defeated the Trail Blazers by a score of 120-106. The combined scoring total in that game was 226 points, surpassing the O/U line of 219.5.

As the underdog, the Hawks have a scoring differential of -5.8 points per game this season. Today, they are 17.5-point underdogs, and their O/U record for the season is 39-33.

Looking at their ATS record, the Hawks are 26-46 for the season, and they have covered the spread in their last three games. At home, their ATS record is 14-22.

Against the spread, the Hawks have gone 11-21 as the underdog this season. Currently, they are 3rd in the Southeast Division and 10th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 33-39.

This season, the average O/U line in Hawks games is 236.5, and their games have averaged 239.7 points per game. The over has hit in their last five games.

At home, the Hawks have been one of the best offensive teams in the league, averaging 122.7 points per game. Overall, they are 5th in the NBA in scoring at 119.2 points per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, Atlanta is one of the top teams in the league, averaging 13.8 made threes per game (6th). However, they are just 20th in two-point field goal percentage at 46%.

Heading into the game, the Hawks are 6th in the league in pace (100 possessions per game). In terms of assists, Atlanta is 17th with an average of 26.5 per game.

Coming into today’s game, the Hawks’ defense is giving up an average of 120.5 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Hawks squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 57.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 38.9% from downtown.