Celtics vs. Hawks Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoffs Game 2 (Boston Goes Up 2-0)

Celtics vs. Hawks Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoffs Game 2 (Boston Goes Up 2-0)


Celtics vs. Hawks Game 2 Info

  • Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • Venue: TD Garden -- Boston, Massachusetts
  • Coverage: NBA TV

The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics continue their first-round playoff series on Tuesday at TD Garden. The Hawks simply couldn't keep up with the east's No. 2 seed on Saturday, falling 112-99. Now Boston will look to secure a 2-0 series lead before heading on the road.

Celtics vs. Hawks Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: ATL: (+390) | BOS: (-520)
  • Spread: ATL: +10.5 (-112) | BOS: -10.5 (-108)
  • Total: 229 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Celtics enter this contest as big home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 229 points, with both sides available at -110 odds.

Celtics vs. Hawks Prediction & Pick

Game 1 of this series held few surprises. The Celtics got out to a huge first-quarter lead and piled it on in the second before cruising to victory. Boston's stars led the way, with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combining for 54 points and 23 rebounds, while Derrick White chipped in 24 points of his own.

The Celtics' defense, meanwhile, proved too much to overcome for Atlanta. The Hawks only had one player score 20-plus points, and no bench player contributed more than nine point. Even more concerning, Quin Snyder's team was dominated on the boards 58-45 and made just five of 17 attempts from deep (17.2%).

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This is just what the Celtics do, as they ranked No. 3 in defense rating during the regular season while holding opponents to the fifth-fewest PPG. This formula has led them to deep playoff runs before, and it should result in a 2-0 series lead come Tuesday night.

Final Score Prediction: Celtics: 115 | Hawks: 108

Celtics vs. Hawks Best Bet

Though a Boston win is expected in Game 2, it will likely be closer this time. Some positive regression should arrive for the Hawks after they shot 17% from 3-point range. This offense ranked No. 3 this season in PPG, so their sub-100 outing in Game 1 didn't showcase their true potential. A Celtics win margin of 1-10 still provides plenty of cushion, and it's hard to pass up at plus-money.

Bet: Celtics Win Margin 1-10 (+190)

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