Celtics vs. Hawks NBA Playoffs Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for April 15 (Boston Takes High-Scoring Series Opener)

Celtics vs. Hawks NBA Playoffs Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for April 15 (Boston Takes High-Scoring Series Opener)


Celtics vs. Hawks Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: TD Garden -- Boston, Massachusetts
  • Coverage: ESPN

The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics kick off their first-round playoff series on Saturday at TD Garden. The Hawks moved on after upsetting the Miami Heat in the NBA Play-In Tournament, while the Celtics have their eye on another deep playoff run after making it all the way to the NBA Finals last year.

Which team will start the series with a win? Let's dive in.

Celtics vs. Hawks Odds & Spread

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Celtics vs Hawks Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Celtics -9 -110 -110 229.5 -110 -110 -400 315

Not surprisingly, the Celtics enter this Eastern Conference matchup as the heavy home favorite on both the spread and moneyline at FanDuel Sportsbook. This afternoon game also features a total of 230 points, which is currently the second-highest on the weekend slate.

Celtics vs. Hawks Betting Trends

  • The Celtics won 43 games against the spread last season, while failing to cover or pushing 39 times.
  • The Hawks covered every time (1-0) as underdogs of 9 points or more last year.
  • Celtics games hit the over 41 out of 82 times last season.
  • Out of 82 Hawks games last season, 43 hit the over.

Celtics vs. Hawks Prediction & Pick

The No. 7 seed Hawks return to Boston after taking down the Heat in Miami on Tuesday. Atlanta closed out the regular season at TD Garden as well, losing 120-114 last Sunday in a game where both teams rested their starters.

Both teams will have plenty of rest for this Game 1 matchup as the Hawks try to beat the Celtics for the first time this year. Boston swept the season series 3-0 and will look to stay undefeated against Atlanta.

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The Celtics are the much better team on paper, winning 16 more games than the Hawks during the regular season. While both squads rank top 4 in scoring, Boston's defense is far superior. The Celtics allowed the fifth-fewest points per game this year, while the Hawks surrendered the fifth-most.

Atlanta's inability to keep opponents off the scoreboard is going to be a major problem in this series against Boston's potent offense. The Celtics are also an incredible 32-9 at home this year, while the Hawks are a pedestrian 18-24 on the road.

This game could end up being closer than expected thanks to the fresh legs on both sides, but Boston should still take it.

Final Score Prediction: Celtics: 123 | Hawks: 116

Celtics vs. Hawks Best Bet

With two of the highest-scoring teams in the league squaring off, this game should feature a ton of points. That was the case during the regular season as well, as the three Atlanta-Boston matchups averaged a whopping 240 points. Even the bench players combined for 234 points last weekend, so we could see even more buckets on Saturday. Take the Over.

Bet: Over 230 Total Points (-110)

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