Celtics Vie to Beat Hawks this Online NBA Betting ThursdayPosted by: Charlie Smith
Although we’re all anxiously awaiting the start of the playoffs, the entire online NBA betting community turned in for one game in particular Wednesday night. The contest between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies featured Russell Westbrook’s plight to make NBA history by setting the record for most triple-doubles in a single season. Westbrook is tied with the current NBA record (41 set by Oscar Robertson 55 years ago) and Wednesday night’s contest offered the perfect opportunity for the Thunder’s superstar to make history.
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In the end, Westbrook’s emphatic efforts paved the way for a thrilling 103-100 win over the Grizzlies, but with 45 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds, Westbrook was just one rebound shy of making NBA history. But since the Thunder have 4 games left in the season, those who bet on basketball games online will agree that Westbrook still has plenty of opportunities left to leave his mark on the NBA. The Thunder will stay off the court until Friday, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any intriguing action for Thursday’s contests. Particularly, the matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks should produce some interesting results.
Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks – Thursday, April 6th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Online NBA Betting Line:
Boston Celtics -1 ½ (-110) 209 (-110) -125
Atlanta Hawks +1 ½ (-110) 209 (-110) +105
The Celtics enter this contest with a 50-28 record that ranks Boston 2nd in the Western Conference and 1st in the Atlantic Division. The Celtics have qualified for the postseason the last two years consecutively and will be looking to extend that streak to three. This contest will mark the third time this online NBA betting season Boston has faced the Hawks, with the Celtics winning the first contest 103-101. In the second game, the Hawks were able to avenge their loss by beating Boston 114-98. The basketball betting odds believe that Boston will win the third time around.
To help beat the Hawks the Celtics will turn to Isaiah Thomas, who is averaging 29.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per contest. Second in points for Boston is Avery Bradley who is putting up 16.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per matchup. Boston has posted a 2-2 record in their last 4 games.
The Hawks fly into this matchup with a 39-38 record that ranks the franchise second in the Southeast Division, and 6th in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have been a part of the playoffs for the last 8 years running, and will gladly extend that streak to 9 in a couple of days.
To help upset the Celtics, Atlanta will turn to Dennis Schroder who is earning the team 18.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per matchup. Second in points for the Hawks is Paul Millsap who is draining 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per outing.