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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 1/25/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




BOSTON (20 - 22) at ATLANTA (24 - 18)
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Friday, 1/25/2013 7:35 PM
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BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games20-22-10.115-2419-2294.647.445.8%47.495.847.744.6%51.6
Road Games7-13-5.86-129-1192.748.744.1%47.398.750.946.0%50.4
Last 5 Games0-5-9.60-52-388.246.241.2%50.295.449.044.2%54.0
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)94.647.437-8045.8%5-1633.5%16-2177.5%47923219144
vs opponents surrendering9748.637-8244.8%7-1935.4%17-2275.6%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)92.748.736-8144.1%6-1734.2%15-1980.1%471022218144
Stats Against (All Games)95.847.736-8044.6%7-1935.8%18-2472.6%521121208155
vs opponents averaging9748.837-8244.4%7-2035.7%17-2275.5%511222208145
Stats Against (Road Games)98.750.936-7946.0%8-1939.1%18-2475.6%501023198146

ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-18+1.217-2320-2196.048.145.7%48.695.548.644.4%51.1
Home Games14-7+07-1213-899.949.946.5%49.996.747.044.7%50.1
Last 5 Games3-2+13-13-299.848.849.6%
ATLANTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)96.048.137-8145.7%9-2338.2%13-1969.6%491023188145
vs opponents surrendering97.448.937-8244.6%7-2035.6%17-2275.0%511122208146
Team Stats (Home Games)99.949.938-8346.5%9-2337.9%14-2069.7%501125189144
Stats Against (All Games)95.548.636-8244.4%7-2037.0%15-2077.7%511122199155
vs opponents averaging96.748.536-8244.4%7-1935.4%17-2375.5%511221208145
Stats Against (Home Games)96.747.037-8344.7%7-2135.3%15-1881.3%501222208154
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 95.3,  ATLANTA 94
BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/18/2012@ CHICAGO89-100L1.5L180.5O35-8143.2%43937-7450.0%4812
12/25/2012@ BROOKLYN93-76W3W184.5U38-7749.4%471126-6440.6%4420
12/27/2012@ LA CLIPPERS77-106L8.5L189U29-7240.3%451841-8548.2%568
12/29/2012@ GOLDEN STATE83-101L4.5L193.5U31-8636.0%451338-7352.1%5318
12/30/2012@ SACRAMENTO96-118L-3L193.5O36-8641.9%431244-8253.7%5213
1/5/2013@ ATLANTA89-81W5.5W187U39-8545.9%501228-6841.2%4418
1/7/2013@ NEW YORK102-96W7.5W191.5O39-7452.7%381031-7640.8%5013
1/16/2013NEW ORLEANS78-90L-8.5L182U34-7445.9%401531-7143.7%5517
1/20/2013@ DETROIT88-103L-2L184O33-8339.8%491836-7846.2%5920
1/22/2013@ CLEVELAND90-95L-4.5L190U32-8438.1%551637-8245.1%4813
1/24/2013NEW YORK86-89L1.5L189.5U31-7640.8%521232-8338.6%5410
1/25/2013@ ATLANTA              
2/3/2013LA CLIPPERS              
2/6/2013@ TORONTO              
2/7/2013LA LAKERS              

ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/18/2012@ WASHINGTON100-95W-7L186.5O34-7843.6%581536-9537.9%6113
12/19/2012OKLAHOMA CITY92-100L5.5L200U36-9438.3%561136-8442.9%5715
12/21/2012@ PHILADELPHIA80-99L-2.5L188U31-7939.2%441744-8651.2%5312
12/28/2012@ CLEVELAND102-94W-5.5W189.5O38-7848.7%501436-8641.9%4311
12/31/2012@ HOUSTON104-123L4.5L206O43-9047.8%431445-8453.6%499
1/1/2013@ NEW ORLEANS95-86W-2W184.5U41-8349.4%46536-8243.9%5413
1/4/2013@ DETROIT84-85L-1.5L190.5U31-7541.3%471735-8541.2%6413
1/8/2013@ MINNESOTA103-108L1L188.5O38-7749.4%471540-8746.0%499
1/9/2013@ CLEVELAND83-99L-4L193U37-8444.0%521337-8145.7%4910
1/12/2013@ WASHINGTON83-93L-2.5L189U30-7838.5%511636-7945.6%5717
1/14/2013@ CHICAGO58-97L4.5L183.5U24-8229.3%471433-7941.8%6713
1/18/2013@ BROOKLYN89-94L7W191U35-8043.7%411530-7440.5%6518
1/19/2013SAN ANTONIO93-98L3.5L194U35-8541.2%591541-8647.7%468
1/23/2013@ CHARLOTTE104-92W-2.5W191O43-8749.4%501631-7640.8%5018
1/27/2013@ NEW YORK              
2/5/2013@ INDIANA              
2/8/2013NEW ORLEANS              
BOSTON: GUARDS: This offense now belongs to RAJON RONDO, and that should be especially true during the regular season . . . Even if he comes off the bench, JASON TERRY figures to see the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard. He provides some much-needed outside shooting after Ray Allen left and should challenge Paul Pierce for the team lead in shot attempts . . . Adding COURTNEY LEE was more of a move for the future. He's a fine young second-unit player for now and should be an heir apparent on one of the wings . . . AVERY BRADLEY could be out until December after shoulder surgery. As Boston's best perimeter defensive player, he could reclaim his starting job in the season's second half . . . The addition of LEANDRO BARBOSA gives Boston another veteran who can create his own offense in the second unit, something that was sorely missing in last year's playoff run. FORWARDS: PAUL PIERCE quietly had a great regular season last year. Though with some improved depth behind him, Rivers might have his 35-year-old All-Star wing rest more often . . . BRANDON BASS gives them another scoring option, even if he does struggle on the defensive end. He'll get full-time minutes only in certain matchups as long as the frontcourt is healthy . . . JEFF GREEN's heart condition is no longer a concern, but the tweener's role in Boston after a year off is cause for worry . . . There are already question marks surrounding rookie JARED SULLINGER's back. He's very similar to Bass: He can score out to mid-range but doesn't play much defense. Expect him to be strictly a second-unit player in his first NBA season . . . CHRIS WILCOX will provide fouls off the bench when healthy. CENTERS: The Celtics are prepared to go with KEVIN GARNETT in the middle, which was the case when they were at their best last season. His role on offense is still knocking down mid-range jumpers, and he's still an elite defensive player . . . Professional flopper JASON COLLINS will fill in nicely for the departed Greg Stiemsma . . . FAB MELO is years away from being ready to contribute (if he actually is ever ready to contribute) and DARKO MILICIC was also added via free agency for more frontcourt depth.
ATLANTA: GUARDS: GM Danny Ferry has really talked up JEFF TEAGUE, who will be more of a traditional point guard with Joe Johnson gone . . . DEVIN HARRIS is going to play plenty of minutes, both alongside Teague and off the bench . . . LOU WILLIAMS is a sixth man. He lacks the mentality to run the point and the size to guard opposing twos. His role will be similar to what it was in Philly . . . KYLE KORVER and ANTHONY MORROW are pure shooters who do little else. They can play the three in a pinch, and the hot hand will get the minutes . . . Coach Larry Drew could call on DeSHAWN STEVENSON for the occasional defense-heavy lineup. More likely, he'll rack up the DNP-CDs . . . JOHN JENKINS might be the best shooter in the rookie class, but he'll be buried on the depth chart. FORWARDS: JOSH SMITH rescinded his trade demand, perhaps because he'll now be the focal point of the offense. He was more aggressive on both ends of the floor last year. As long as he resists the urge to float on the perimeter, he should emerge as an All-Star . . . Considering the makeup of this roster, Atlanta will utilize a lot of three-guard lineups. Korver and Morrow can stretch a defense from that third guard/small forward spot, with Stevenson stepping in as an agitator . . . After scoring double-figures six times in April, IVAN JOHNSON was re-signed to once again provide some muscle inside . . . Rookie MIKE SCOTT is polished after five years at Virginia, but doesn't have the athleticism to be an impact player . . . ANTHONY TOLLIVER is a defensive specialist with very little offense to contribute. CENTERS: AL HORFORD will get his wish to play more power forward this season, though he'll remain their primary option at center. He's healthy again and is one of the most consistent bigs in the NBA . . . ZAZA PACHULIA filled in admirably for Horford last year. But it's back to bench duty for the bruising big . . . JOHAN PETRO is French for "12th man."
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*Celtics-Hawks Preview* =======================


Boston (20-21) at Atlanta (24-18), 7:30 p.m. EDT

A poor third quarter doomed the Atlanta Hawks against the Boston Celtics at home earlier this month.

The Celtics wouldn't mind a repeat performance in order to avoid their longest slide in nearly six years.

The Hawks may have a key contributor back as they look for a more complete effort in another meeting with the Celtics on Friday night.

Atlanta (24-18) was eliminated in six games by Boston (20-22) in a first-round series in last season's playoffs, and the club fell 89-81 in the first meeting since on Jan. 5. The Hawks had their 15-point halftime lead vanish while being outscored 33-9 and making 2 of 14 from the floor in the third quarter.

"The one thing they did was increase the pressure in the second half, which we didn't handle very well," coach Larry Drew said. "We came out and played a really solid first half of basketball and didn't respond to the pressure. We took a lot of ill-advised shots. We did not get into our offense.

"It's not just with Boston, but it's with every team we play. We have to come out ready in the third quarter, and we have to be ready to deliver the first blow."

Atlanta has looked capable of that recently, winning 104-92 at Charlotte on Wednesday, two days after a 104-96 victory over Minnesota. The Hawks had dropped eight of 10 prior to that, including the defeat to the Celtics.

For Boston, that visit to Atlanta was part of a season-high six-game winning streak, but the club has followed that by losing five in a row. The Celtics haven't dealt with a longer slide since dropping seven straight from April 4-15, 2007.

They got closer to that dubious mark Thursday, falling 89-86 at home to Atlantic Division-leading New York. Boston has won five straight division titles, but trails second-place Brooklyn by six games while sitting seven back of the Knicks.

"We're two games under .500," Paul Pierce said. "There's still a lot of season left so we believe we can climb back in this division race."

Pierce had 22 points Thursday after averaging 11.8 on 31.0 percent shooting in the first four games of the skid. The Celtics are 10-18 when he scores 22 or less compared to going 10-4 when he gets at least 23.

Pierce had 26 points and nine rebounds in the latest meeting with the Hawks after averaging 21.2 against them in the playoffs.

Rajon Rondo is coming off his league-leading fourth triple-double, getting 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. One of his others came at Atlanta, where he managed 14 points, 11 boards and 10 assists.

The Hawks may have Al Horford back after missing two of four games with hamstring tightness. The big man is second on the team with 15.6 points per game, while leading with 9.8 rebounds.

He routinely struggles offensively against Boston, averaging 10.9 points in 15 career regular-season meetings. In the matchup three weeks ago, he went 2 of 8 from the field to finish with six points.

Leading scorer Josh Smith wasn't much better, getting 12 points with 10 rebounds while missing 14 of 18 attempts from the floor. However, he was terrific Wednesday, pouring in 30 points while connecting on 15 of 24 field goals after averaging 12.6 over the previous five games.

Last Updated: 6/24/2018 10:55:21 PM EST

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