Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks
The series shifts to the Garden as the Boston Celtics play host to the Atlanta Hawks for game three tonight. The Celtics are -7.5 point favorites over the Hawks.
No Rondo? No worries. The Celtics were able to avoid falling into a 2-0 hole, because of 36 points and 14 rebounds from Paul Pierce, who led the men in green to an important 87-80 victory at Atlanta in game two. In addition, Kevin Garnett had a solid 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Avery Bradley stepped into Rondo’s shoes and had 14 points in 42 minutes.
As for the Hawks, Joe Johnson led the way with his 22 points, while Jeff Teague was right behind him with 18 points of his own. However, the story of the night is about Josh Smith who scored 16 points and 12 rebounds before he injured his knee when he collided into Garnett on a play. Smith will test out his injured knee during the shootaround prior to game three, so his status for game three is completely in the air.
The Celtics were favorites to win this series, but I would seriously doubt their chances if they lost game two. As it stands, the Hawks blew a massive chance to go 2-0 against the C’s and if Smith doesn’t suit up, I don’t see how they will have enough to change the momentum of the series tonight. The line for this one looks a little high, but I can’t see how you can take the Hawks here.
Boston Celtics -7.5 Atlanta Hawks