Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks Showdown: Race for Playoff Spot in Eastern Conference Dictates Highly Anticipated NBA Game

Hawks face Celtics with 3 consecutive wins

The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks are set to face off in a highly anticipated NBA game on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EDT in Atlanta. The game will determine the outcome of the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with the Celtics currently leading by 22 games and holding a record of 57-15.

Despite their current position in the conference standings, the Hawks have been performing well lately, winning three straight games and boasting an impressive record against teams with losing records. However, they still have a long way to go before they can challenge the dominant Celtics for first place in the East.

The FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE for this game is Celtics -16 with an over/under of 227.5 points, indicating that analysts expect Boston to win comfortably and score plenty of points along the way.

One factor that could impact this game is injuries, as both teams are dealing with some key players who will be out or limited during this matchup. Trae Young is out for the Hawks with a finger injury, while Jrue Holiday is day to day for Boston with a shoulder injury. Other players from both teams are also nursing injuries, including Jalen Johnson, Saddiq Bey, AJ Griffin for Atlanta and Jaden Springer, Xavier Tillman Sr., and Al Horford for Boston.

Despite these challenges, both teams have talented rosters that can make up for lost time and perform at a high level when healthy. For example, Dejounte Murray has been averaging 22.4 points per game this season for Atlanta while Jayson Tatum leads Boston with 27.3 points per game along with 8.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest respectively .

In terms of recent performance, both teams have shown signs of improvement in their last 10 games but it remains to be seen how much impact their injured starters will have on their overall performance during this matchup .

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