The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks looked like their series was about to end in five games. But a huge comeback from the Hawks helped them to stay alive in the series, heading back to Atlanta where the Hawks will try to force a Game 7. In our NBA best bets for Thursday, we look at Celtics vs Hawks Game 6 from Atlanta.
Celtics vs Hawks Game 6 Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Hawks +6.5|
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This game will be played at State Farm Center at 8:30 PM ET on Thursday, April 27, 2023.
Why Bet the Hawks:
✅ Dejounte Murray will be back for the Hawks tonight after serving a one-game suspension for making contact with an official. His return will help the Hawks on defense in a big way.
✅ Momentum should be on Atlanta’s side after they won just before the buzzer on a Trae Young 30-foot shot in Game 5.
✅ Despite being a .500 team this season, the Hawks have a winning record at home and should have an edge in Atlanta.
The Boston Celtics held a double-digit lead in the second half against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of their first round playoff series. But with a chance to close the Hawks out and move onto the second round of the playoffs, the Celtics fell apart. They gave the Hawks a chance to win the game down the stretch, and the Hawks took full advantage, forcing the Celtics to play a Game 6 on the road tonight.
For Boston, winning tonight would be huge, as it would eliminate the need to play a Game 7, which would be huge for a couple of reasons. The Celtics want to avoid having to play an extra game before playing against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round. And there is always the possibility of losing that Game 7 and being eliminated entirely.
The Atlanta Hawks kept their faint hopes of moving onto the second round of the NBA playoffs alive by coming back to win Game 5 in Boston. Their huge comeback pushes this series back to Atlanta, where they will hope to force a Game 7. To do that, the Hawks need to lock in defensively to avoid needing another huge comeback to win this contest.
In this series, the Hawks have allowed at least 112 points in every game. That might not be good enough for this contest, as the Celtics should come out looking to redeem themselves on the defensive end of the floor.