Celtics vs. Hawks Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoffs Game 5 (Boston Wraps Up Series at Home)
By Tyler Maher
The 2022-23 NBA Playoffs continue on Tuesday with Game 5 of the first-round series between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks.
Celtics vs. Hawks Game Info
- Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2023
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: TD Garden -- Boston, Massachusetts
- Coverage: TNT, NBCS-BOS, and BSSE
After splitting the two games in Atlanta, the Celtics return to Boston with a 3-1 series lead and a chance to close things out on Tuesday night at TD Garden. Can the Celtics wrap things up with another win and advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals? Or will the Hawks extend their season and send the series back to Atlanta?
Celtics vs. Hawks Odds & Spread
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The Celtics enter Game 5 as massive home favorites on both the spread and moneyline at FanDuel Sportsbook. The matchup also features a total of 231.5 points, which is the highest of Tuesday's three-game slate.
Celtics vs. Hawks Betting Trends
- The Celtics have put together a record of 39-35-4 against the spread this season.
- Games involving the Celtics have hit the over 40 times this season.
- Hawks games this season have hit the over on 45 of 78 set point totals (57.7%).
- Boston has covered the spread in a higher percentage of its home games than road games. It has covered 21 times in 39 opportunities at home, and it has covered 18 times in 39 opportunities on the road.
- Against the spread, Atlanta has had better results away (18-21-0) than at home (17-22-0).
Celtics vs. Hawks Prediction & Pick
After losing a shootout by 8 points in Game 3, the Celtics bounce back to win Game 4 by the same margin. Both games in Atlanta were extremely high-scoring and featured a ton of offense, resulting in 250+ points in both affairs.
The first two games in Boston were lower-scoring, however, so it will be interesting to see which trend prevails in Game 5. Regardless, it will likely be the Celtics who come out on top. Boston is an impressive 34-9 at TD Garden this year, while Atlanta is just 18-26 on the road.
The Hawks rode an unsustainably hot first half in Game 3 to their lone victory of the series, and unless that happens again I don't see them taking down a superior Celtics team on the road. Boston is 6-1 against Atlanta this season, so expect the C's to prevail again on Tuesday.
Final Score Prediction: Celtics: 123 | Hawks: 116
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Celtics vs. Hawks Best Bet
While the Celtics should win Game 5, betting on them to cover a 12.5-point spread seems risky. While they did win Games 1 and 2 by 13 points each, the Hawks found their footing in the series at home and produced a +0 scoring margin in Games 3 and 4 combined. With Atlanta's season on the line, expect the Hawks to fight tooth and nail in Game 5 and do everything they can to keep the game close, resulting in a backdoor cover.
Bet: Atlanta Hawks +12.5 (-110)
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