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CELTICS: Boston is facing an incredible back to back scenario, as they face the Hawks on the road one night after playing in San Antonio. Luckily the Celtics have dominated the Hawks this season. Boston is trying to catch Chicago for the best record in the Eastern Conference, which they currently trail by 2.5 games. The Celtics are 51-22 SU and 33-38-2 ATS overall this season. Boston is 22-14 SU and 17-19 ATS on the road this year. Boston has held 9 of their last 11 opponents to 90 points or fewer. For the season, the Celtics are allowing just 90.9 PPG, best in the NBA. F Paul Pierce is averaging a team high 18.7 PPG for the Celtics this season. F Kevin Garnett is averaging 14.7 PPG and a team high 9 RPG this year. The Celtics are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games against the Southeast Division. Boston is 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 Friday games. The Celtics are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Projected Score: 87
Celtics are 1-8 ATS last 9 games playing on 0 days rest.
Under is 9-1 last 10 games against the Eastern Conference.
HAWKS: (PK, O/U 178.5) Atlanta has really struggled against Boston this season, as they've lost both games by double figures. The Hawks swept the season series over the Celtics last season, so it's not like the Hawks are intimidated by Boston. Atlanta has won three consecutive games SU, thanks to a defense that hasn't allowed more than 87 points on their current winning streak. Atlanta is 43-32 SU and 35-40 ATS overall this season. The Hawks are 23-15 SU and 15-23 ATS in home games this year. Atlanta is in 5th place in the Eastern Conference, and it appears that they are all but stuck in that slot. The Hawks are currently 4 games ahead of 6th place, yet also 4 games behind 4th place in the Eastern Conference. F Joe Johnson is averaging a team high 18.5 PPG and 4.9 APG this season for Atlanta. The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the Eastern Conference. Atlanta is 5-17 ATS in their last 22 Friday games. The Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. Atlanta is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a road winning percentage greater than .600%.
Projected Score: 93 (SIDE of the Day)
Hawks are 4-0 ATS last 4 games overall.
Under is 8-3 last 11 home games against a team with a road winning percentage greater than .600%.
LAKERS: (-7.5, O/U 196) The Lakers have to travel to Utah and play the Jazz just one night after battling the Mavericks for the #2 seed in the Western Conference. Los Angeles is 53-20 SU and 35-37-1 ATS overall this season. The Lakers are an NBA best 25-12 SU and 21-16 ATS in road games this year. Los Angeles is 4-2 ATS as a road favorite between 6.5 and 9 points this season. Los Angeles is playing the best basketball of any team in the NBA right now. The Lakers have been brilliant since the All Star Break, going 15-1 SU. Only a loss at Miami has kept the Lakers from perfection since the Break. The Lakers are allowing just 95.4 PPG this season, 8th best in the NBA. Offensively, Los Angeles is averaging 102 PPG, also 8th best in the league. G Kobe Bryant is averaging team highs of 25.2 PPG and 4.8 APG this season. F Lamar Odom is trying to win the 6th Man of the Year award, as he's averaging 14.3 PPG ad 8.7 RPG this year. The Lakers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 road games against a team with a winning home record. Los Angeles is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against the Northwest Division. The Lakers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest. Los Angeles is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Friday games. The Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a losing SU record.
Projected Score: 108 (OVER-Total of the Day)
Lakers are 6-1 ATS last 7 road games.
Under is 20-7 last 27 Friday games.
JAZZ: Utah has lost their last 6 games SU, and that's the least of their problems. Bickering behind the scenes between the coaching staff and the players are making this a season that can't end quick enough for Jazz fans. One of the most stable organizations in sports is now one of the most tumultuous. Utah is 36-39 SU and 31-41-2 ATS overall this season. The Jazz are 20-18 SU and 15-23 ATS in home games this year. Utah is 14-17 ATS as the listed underdog this season, including 0-1 ATS as a home underdog between 6.5 and 9 points. Utah has been dominated by the Lakers the last several years, so they will look to shock the entire NBA with an outright win tonight. F Al Jefferson is averaging Jazz highs of 19.1 PPG and 9.7 RPG this season. The Jazz are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games against the Western Conference. Utah is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Jazz are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Projected Score: 99
Jazz are 3-10 ATS last 13 home games.
Under is 4-1 last 5 games overall.