The Boston Celtics are making a case that they are again the top team in the Eastern Conference.
Boston fans and newcomers to Massachusetts sports betting are excited to see the Celtics with a 2-0 advantage in their best-of-seven series against the seventh-seeded Atlanta Hawks. Boston has won both games at home by double digits.
On Wednesday night, Jason Tatum tallied 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Celtics defeated the Hawks, 119-106. Derrick White contributed 26 points, seven rebounds and three blocks and Jaylen Brown added 18 points, three rebounds and three steals in the victory.
Dejounte Murray led Atlanta with 29 points, six rebounds and six assists and Trae Young added 24 points with six assists in the losing effort.
Series Shifts to Atlanta
The series heads down to Atlanta for Game 3 tonight (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Game 4 on Sunday (TNT, 7 p.m.).
Odds at Massachusetts betting apps indicate they don’t see any miracles coming from the Hawks.
BetMGM Massachusetts on early Friday afternoon had the Celtics listed as a 5.5-point and -225 moneyline favorite over the Hawks tonight. Since opening at -4.5, the spread has shot up a point, with the Celtics taking 95% of the bets and 93% of the handle on spread wagers. They have also taken 82% of the bets and 87% percent of the handle on moneyline wagers at BetMGM.
The Hawks are a +180 moneyline underdog, with the over/under total points for the game at 228.5. The betting public has favored the under in the game with 52% of the bets and 54% of the handle.
The winner of the series will advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals and will face the winner between the sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets and third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers lead that best-of-seven series, 3-0, with Game 4 set for Saturday (TNT, 1 p.m.).
Atlanta must make a stand tonight; otherwise, a 3-0 lead for Boston will be insurmountable.
BetMassachusetts.com – your source for Massachusetts sportsbook promo codes – will keep tabs on the Celtics as they make a run for the NBA title.
The site also has a handy area dedicated to Boston Celtics odds for the NBA Championship.