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Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick & Prediction JAN 28TH 2022

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The Atlanta Hawks go for their sixth straight victory on Friday when they host the Boston Celtics.

Atlanta received an excellent performance from its second unit on Wednesday and defeated the Sacramento Kings 121-104. Boston beat up on the Kings on Tuesday night, rolling to a 128-75 win. The Celtics have won two straight and seven of their past 10.

It will be the second meeting between the teams this season. Atlanta prevailed 110-99 on Nov. 17 and has won the past two games played in Atlanta.

The Hawks are finally healthy and living up to their preseason expectations. They lost five consecutive games before starting the current winning streak with a pair of big second-half wins. Atlanta is now three games below .500 and a half-game out of the 10th spot. Boston is No. 8, one game over .500, and two games ahead of Atlanta.

"I think it is getting healthy. I think they're in better shape," Atlanta coach Nate McMillan said. "A lot of these guys started the season and I didn't think their conditioning was good enough. Then all of a sudden, we have injuries and we have COVID. Now those guys are coming back from that.

"You have to be in good shape to play offense and to play the pressure defense that we want to play and get up and down the court offensively. And the chemistry is getting better the more they play with each other."

Atlanta's bench, bolstered by the return of veteran Bogdan Bogdanovic, outscored Sacramento's second unit 70-24, including a 41-11 advantage in the first half.

"I thought they really gave us a lift," McMillan said. "I thought our first unit started off slow and the second unit came in and really established the defense."

Bogdanovic missed five games with a sore right knee and finished with 18 points Wednesday. Other key contributors off the bench were Onyeka Okongwu (18 points, seven rebounds), Lou Williams (15 points, five assists) and Danilo Gallinari (seven points, nine rebounds).

Trae Young was the only Hawks starter in double figures with 17 points to end a six-game streak that saw him score at least 24.

Boston got 36 points from Jayson Tatum and 30 from Jaylen Brown on Tuesday, with both sitting out in the fourth quarter because of the wide lead. The Celtics led by 60 points at one point.

"We were sharing the wealth. Everybody contributed. Everybody was hitting shots," Brown said. "It was just a great night overall for everybody."

Tatum and Brown have historically been tough against the Hawks. This season, Tatum is averaging 26 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

He put up 34 points, nine rebounds and five assists against the Hawks in November.

Brown, who grew up in the northern Atlanta suburbs, is averaging 24 points and 6.6 rebounds.

He missed the first game against Atlanta with a right hamstring strain.

"They are the two pillars and leaders of the team," Boston head coach Ime Udoka said. "When they come out and play with that intensity, everybody seems to follow suit."

--Field Level Media

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Boston vs. Atlanta Recap FEB 24TH 2021

Kyrie Irving continued his hot shooting Saturday, scoring 32 points to lead the visiting Boston Celtics to a 113-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Irving, who had totaled 65 points in the two previous games combined, kept the Celtics in the contest with 20 first-half points. He was 11-for-19 from the field, including 5-for-8 on 3 pointers, with five assists.

Boston won its third straight game, ended a three-game losing streak on the road and has beaten the Hawks three times this season. They play for the final time on March 16 in Boston.

Boston also got 19 points from Jayson Tatum, 14 from Atlanta native Jaylen Brown and 13 points and nine rebounds from Al Horford.

The Celtics outscored the Hawks 30-16 in the fourth quarter and pulled away in the final minutes.

Atlanta had five players in double figures, led by Kevin Huerter with 18 points. John Collins added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Alex Len had 15 points and six rebounds, and Trae Young had 16 points and seven assists but committed six turnovers. DeAndre' Bembry netted 10 points.

After an early 3-2 lead, the Celtics played from behind for most of the game. Atlanta led by as many as 16 points in the first half and enjoyed a 67-60 lead at halftime. Boston kept creeping close and finally surged ahead when Brown made a 3-pointer with 9:07 remaining to give the Celtics a 95-93 lead.

The Hawks went back ahead, 100-99, on a Len basket, but Irving hit a layup to kick off a 10-0 Celtics run that ended with another Irving basket with 1:11 to go. Boston held on from there.

Things got testy in the third quarter after Marcus Smart was dealt his second technical foul and ejected. The Celtics guard charged after Bembry, with whom he had exchanged words, and needed to be held back by his teammates, Hawks players and the referees.

Atlanta plays again Monday when it hosts Orlando. Boston will host Miami on Monday.

--Field Level Media

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