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On Friday, January 13th, the (23-14) Boston Celtics will be on the road to take on the (21-16) Atlanta Hawks.
“The Crowd” is projecting a final score of Celtics 103.3 – Hawks 97.9 with an over/under of 201.1.
Statistics (2016-17 season):
Point differential: Celtics +2.4 (8th) > Hawks -0.5 (16th)
Points per game: Celtics 106.8 (9th) > Hawks 102.3 (tied for 21st)
Points allowed per game: Hawks 102.8 (9th) > Celtics 104.4 (tied for 14th)
Field Goal Percentage Offense: Hawks 45.4% (14th) > Celtics 45.1% (16th)
Three Point Percentage: Celtics 36.9% (7th) > Hawks 34.0% (26th)
Field Goal Percentage Defense: Hawks 44.8% (10th) > Celtics 45.0% (12th)
Turnovers committed per game: Celtics 11.8 (5th) > Hawks 15.2 (27th)
Turnovers forced per game: Hawks 15.1 (tied for 3rd) > Celtics 13.9 (11th)
Rebounds per game: Hawks 44.2 (tied for 12th) > Celtics 41.2 (28th)
Assists per game: Celtics 25.2 (3rd) > Hawks 23.9 (6th)
I’m shocked that Atlanta traded Kyle Korver to Cleveland and then decided to keep Paul Millsap despite him being an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. Korver isn’t quite the player he was a few years ago, but he was still a valuable piece that could certainly space the floor. Both teams are playing well as evidenced by their (8-2) record in their last ten games. Including playoffs, Atlanta is (7-3) in their last ten head to head games with Boston. Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is having an unbelievable season averaging 28 points per game to go along with 6.1 assists. This should be a close game as these teams are very evenly matched. Because the Hawks are one of the worst teams at taking care of the ball, I think the Celtics will be able to force turnovers and turn them into easy baskets at the other end. I like the Celtics to win a tight one on the road.
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