NBA Celtics vs. Hawks Picks & Predictions for Saturday, January 5, 2013 Print
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Saturday, 05 January 2013 17:15
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Celtics vs. Hawks Prediction

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ATLANTA, GA (ATS Consultants) – In a rematch of the first round of last year's playoffs, the Celtics and Hawks will clash at Philips Arena tonight at 7:00PM ET. Will Boston pull the upset?

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ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Hawks as 5-point favorites versus the Celtics, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 187.5 points. Boston enters play with a 15-17 overall record while Atlanta is 20-11 overall.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Celtics opened as a 4.5-point underdog but the line has risen slightly to five. As for the total, it opened at 185.5 but it's been bet up to 187.5 at most online and Vegas sports books.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 54% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Hawks. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.

NBA FREE PICK: Take Boston. According to latest NBA trends, Trends. Boston Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta. Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Atlanta Hawks are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 home games and are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Boston (15-17 SU, 11-19-2 ATS, 16-15-1 O/U) takes on Atlanta after both teams played the night before. Boston was struggling mightily before Friday, having lost four straight. But enter star point guard Rajon Rondo, who had been hampered by a hip injury, led Boston to an easy 94-75 win over Indiana at home, laying 3 on Friday. Rondo tied for the team lead with Kevin Garnett, with 18 points, adding seven assists and five rebounds. Boston's defense was sharp as well, holding Indiana to just 32% shooting from the field. Atlanta (20-11 SU, 13-17-1 ATS, 16-15 O/U) fell to a sizzling Detroit squad on Friday on the road, 85-84 laying 3. They were down big in this game and nearly came back, outscoring the Pistons 22-11 in the fourth quarter, but still lost the game. They also had to spend a lot of energy in this one to come back and still fell. The won't have enough in the tank to beat Boston, who may have found their stride against the Pacers.

2012 NBA FREE PICK: BOSTON CELTICS +5

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