We have an Eastern Conference NBA matchup to consider when the Boston Celtics meet the Atlanta Hawks for game two of their three-game season series. The Celtics are 33-15 this season and enter this matchup hoping to extend a three-game winning streak. The Hawks are 13-37 this season and is hoping to end a one-game losing streak when they host the Celtics.
The Celtics have won four of their last five games and are eight games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the top spot in the conference. Monday marks a one-off road trip and Boston is 13-10 this season as the away team and has lost three of their last five road games. Kemba Walker is out for this game and probably several others as he is dealing with a knee injury.
Boston scores 112.5 points while allowing 105.3 points per game and is shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from downtown and 80.2 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Celtics have five players scoring in double figures and will be led by forward Jayson Tatum. Tatum scores an average of 21.5 points per game with a team high 6.8 caroms and 2.9 assists per game. Tatum drains 36.6 percent of his triple attempts this season and scored 25 points with three rebounds and four assists in the Celtics home win over Philadelphia.
|Game||Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics|
|Date & Time||Friday February 7th, 2020, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Hawks have won three of their last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Atlanta would miss the playoffs by 9.5 games. Monday marks a one-off homestand before leaving for a two-game road trip. Atlanta is 8-16 this season at home and has won three of its last five home games. Trae Young injured his ankle on Saturday night and is listed as questionable for Monday.
Atlanta scores 109 points while allowing 118.2 points per game and is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from downtown and 77.2 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Hawks have five players scoring in double figures and are led by All-Star guard Trae Young. Young scores an average of 29 points per game with 4.6 caroms and a team high nine assists per game. Young drains 36.7 percent of his triple attempts this season and scored 12 points with six rebounds and one assist in the Hawks road loss to Dallas.
Despite the victory that the Atlanta Hawks got over the Orlando Magic, I don’t think that has much effect on this game in particular. The Boston Celtics are a much better team than the Orlando Magic, and the Atlanta Hawks are still not a very talented side at the moment. For the Hawks to win, they’re going to need to get ridiculous amounts of production out of Trae Young, and that still likely wouldn’t even be enough with the amount of depth that the Boston Celtics have. I think the Celtics win this one at home, and when it conventionally. Final Score Prediction, Boston Celtics win 118 – 96.