5* NBA *BEST BET*
Boston vs. Atlanta,
03/19/2012 19:30 EDT,
Score: 79 - 76
Point Spread: +1½/-105 Boston
5* NBA *BEST BET* on Celtics +1.5
Motivated by back-to-back poor performances against Sacramento and Denver, expect Boston to take care of business tonight.
Boston has played a lot of games in not a lot of days but should benefit from having Sunday off while the Hawks were in action. Besides, road teams that have failed to cover the spread in 3 of their last 4 games, extremely tired team playing 9 or more games in 14 days, are 34-12 ATS the last 5 seasons.
The Hawks are a lousy 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as a home favorite of 4.5 points or less and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. the NBA Atlantic division. Also, they are just 13-27 ATS all-time under coach Drew following 2 or more consecutive wins. They have lost by an average score of 96.2 to 92.9 in this situation.
The Hawks are very banged up. They were to get past Washington and Cleveland without being at full strength, but I don't think they'll be able to get past the Celtics. Bet Boston.