After avoiding what would have been a fourth three-game losing streak on Sunday in Detroit, the Boston Celtics aim for their seventh straight home victory with the Atlanta Hawks in town on Monday night.
The Celtics (38-21) blew a 17-point lead and lost at Toronto in their first game back from the All-Star break on Friday night, then failed to hold a 15-point advantage against the Pistons before winning Sunday.
Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points his 43rd straight 20 point game and Jae Crowder added 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in the victory.
The Hawks have lost three in a row and four of their last five to fall to 32-26. They lost by 19 at Orlando on Saturday night.
Atlanta is 10-10 in its last 20 games and 23-24 after opening the season on a 9-2 run.
The last time the Celtics and Hawks met, Thomas won the game with a jumper with two seconds left. Monday night is the second of three games in the regular season between the teams. The Hawks knocked the Celtics out of last year’s playoffs in the first round.
Sportsbooks opened the Hawks as 5.5-point underdogs with a total of 215. Thomas’ Celtics return to Beantown tonight when they welcome the Atlanta Hawks to town.
If the C’s want to make a deep playoff run, they’ll need better production from star big man Al Horford. Horford went 2-for-11 while missing all three of his 3-point attempts in a 104-98 triumph over Detroit on Sunday. The veteran has been held to single-digit points in three consecutive games for the first time since March 2009. Get all the latest Betting and Sport News updates on your social media outlets. Find us on both Facebook and Google+!
The Boston Celtics sit at 38-21 (31-27-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Atlanta Hawks are currently 32-26 (28-30 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Boston is 30-28-1 OU and Atlanta is 24-33-1 OU. This season the Boston Celtics are 38-21 overall and 31-27-1 ATS against the number, while the Atlanta Hawks are 32-26 and 28-30 ATS. As for the totals, Boston is 30-28-1 on the OU, and Atlanta is 24-33-1.
The status of defensive stopper Avery Bradley is something to keep an eye on. Bradley, who’s missed 18 games with an Achilles injury, is expected to return “any day now” according to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
The Hawks are 6-21 SU in their last 27 games on the road against the Celtics.
The Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last five games as home favorites.
The Hawks are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games against the Celtics.
Thomas hit a decisive basket with 2.4 seconds remaining to lift Boston to a 103-101 victory in Atlanta in their first meeting of the season. Losers of three in a row, the Hawks are averaging just 86.7 points per game during the skid.
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