|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Hawks will soar into Beantown tonight to meet up with the equally high flying Celtics as Atlanta and Boston tip it off at the TD Garden. Gametime is 8:00ET.
Atlanta comes into this one with three straight victories, albeit, two came at the hands of the lowly Charlotte Bobcats and the other against the almost equally enept Detroit Pistons. A week ago, the Hawks dismantled the Bobcats by 27, 120-93 at home. Then, last Friday, the Pistons came calling and Atlanta prevailed against them 101-96. The next night the Hawks were the visitor in Charlotte, but that did'nt stop them from once again dominating the poor Bobcats 116-96.
As Charles Barkley might say about Charlottes famous owner, " Michael Jordan would be turning over in his grave ". On Saturday, Joe Johnson lead the scoring for Atlanta with 18 points. Zaza Pachulia posted a double - double of 12 points and 16 boards. Jennaro Pargo pitched in with 9 assists. The bench finished things off for the Hawks with eight players finishing with 10 or more points.
Atlanta is sitting in fifth place of the Eastern Conference, a 1/2 game ahead of Orlando and trailing tonights opponent Celtics off the strength of Boston being the Atlantic Division leader. The Hawks actually are a game better in wins and losses at 34-23. They are an even 15-15 on the road.
The Celtics also have 3 consecutive wins entering tonights contest. They seem to have turned things around after a slow start. The turnaround seemed to occur after inserting Kevin Garnett at the center spot in the lineup.
They are coming off another impressive win against Miami last night for the second time in a week and a half. Garnett had 24 points on Tuesday, along with Paul Pierce netting 27 and Rajon Rondo having 18 with 15 assists. Boston was red hot from the field shooting a season best 61 percent. The Celtics are 3-1 this year versus the Hawks.
Boston is a 2.5 point home favorite in basketball gambling odds on a $110 wager to win $100. The same $110 will be necessary to bet the over/under of 179.5.