The Boston Celtics have a 3-1 lead over the Atlanta Hawks in their first round playoff series in the NBA. Boston returns home for Game 5 of this series, with a chance to close the Hawks out and move onto the second round. In our NBA betting picks for Tuesday, we break down Hawks vs Celtics Game 5 from TD Garden in Boston.
Hawks vs Celtics Game 5 Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Celtics -13|
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This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:30 PM ET on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
Why Bet the Celtics:
✅ Hawks star Dejounte Murray is going to miss this game after being suspended for making contact with an official in Game 4. His defense and shot making will be sorely missed by the Hawks in this game.
✅ The Celtics will come out with a sense of urgency in this game, knowing they can’t afford to continue playing while the Philadelphia 76ers rest up before their second round matchup. Look for the Celtics to leave no doubt here.
The Atlanta Hawks fell behind 3-1 after dropping Game 4 at home to the Boston Celtics. Perhaps just as important is the fact that star guard Dejounte Murray is out for this game after being suspended for making physical contact with a game official. Now, the Hawks are in grave danger of being bounced in the first round of the playoffs.
To avoid that fate, the Hawks need Trae Young to go off, but to still play within himself. It will be tempting for Young to chuck up shots and play out of control with Murray out, and the Hawks in need of a lift. But that would be terrible for his team’s chances of winning this game, as he needs to look to facilitate along with finding his shot.
The Boston Celtics are in a great position to advance to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in just five games. They are double-digit favorites at home here in Game 5, with the Hawks missing arguably their best player. Having won each of their first two home games of this series by 13 points, the Celtics will aim for another no-sweat win at TD Garden.
Boston will hope for another big game from both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum in Game 5, after they did something they had never done together in Game 4. The All-Star duo scored 31 points each in Game 4, which was the first time they both hit the 30-point mark in the same playoff game. Another performance like that and the Celtics will get set to host Philadelphia in round two.