Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks (5:30pm PST)
The Boston Celtics are traveling to Phillips Arena tonight to take on the Atlanta Hawks for a pivotal game 5. The series is currently tied at 2-2 after Boston stole game four 104-95 in OT. Jeff Teague was the star of the game hitting back to back threes to send the game into overtime but Boston was simply too much to handle.
The Hawks will need to figure out a way to stop Isiah Thomas if they have any chance of moving on. Thomas put up over 42 points on the Hawks during game three. Paul Millsap of the Hawks has been a big disappointment. Although Millsap has averaged over 22.5 points a game during the regular season against the Celtics but he's been limited to just 26 points in this entire series.
I wasn't able to focus much on handicapping the side for this game due to the high spread. 7 points to me is a lot of points to lay during the playoffs. I decided to look into the total for this game and found it to be the easier choice to wager on. I'm predicting there will be less than 198.5 points between these two teams tonight! With both teams facing elimination I look for a close and low scoring game by both the Celtics and Hawks. There will be a strong emphasis on defense tonight and that will lead the total to fall under the posted total.