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Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Pick from Teddy Covers: November 6th 2017

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks
NBA Betting Pick: Boston -8 points (November 6th 2017)

The Celtics lost Gordon Hayward five minutes into the season.  Boston lost on opening night, then lost the following night at home to Milwaukee.   The betting markets immediately devalued Boston; a team with a whole host of new faces just learning to play with one another.   That was a mistake!

Head coach Brad Stevens has worked his magic.  The Celtics haven’t lost since that defeat to the Bucks on the second night of the season.  That includes road wins, by margin, at Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Miami, Orlando and OKC; all of whom are better than the bottom feeder Hawks team they’ll face today.

The Celtics enter Sunday with the #1defense in the NBA, allowing fewer than 96 points per 100 possessions.  That’s bad news for a Hawks team that ranks #26 in offensive efficiency this season.  Other than veteran point guard Dennis Schroder, this is not a team loaded with playmakers.  When the Hawks aren’t draining three’s, they’re a rough team to watch (or bet on).  And, frankly, not many teams are draining three’s against this stout Boston defense these days.

The Celtics are set up extremely well for the second night of back-2-backs.  No starter reached 30 minutes against the Magic yesterday, and 13 different players saw the floor, leaving them relatively fresh here.  That stands in sharp contrast to the Hawks level of ‘freshness’ this evening.

Atlanta is coming off an outright upset at Cleveland yesterday, a big win for a VERY young basketball team.  They barely hung on to their double digit lead during crunch time – intense minutes.  Head coach Mike Budenholzer went with an eight man rotation in that upset, with four starters on the wrong side of 30+ minutes. They’re both ‘fat and happy’ off a signature win and relatively tired; unable to get the job done in either previous back-2-back spot this season.  Road chalk worth laying!  Take the Celtics.

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Falcons vs. Panthers Week 9 NFL Pick from Larry Ness: November 5th 2017

Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 9 NFL Pick: ATL -1 (November 5th 2017)

The 4-3 Atlanta Falcons are in Carolina to take on the 5-3 Panthers and for a number of different reasons, I think this one favors the visitors.

Both teams enter off wins which broke losing streaks.

Atlanta has to be feeling pretty confident here though, as it’s taken three straight in this series.
In the Falcons win in Carolina last year, they’d hold Panthers’ QB Cam Netwon to under 200 passing yards, while also intercepting him twice.

The Panthers have been all over the map as far as their game to game consistency is concerned and while they looked good against Tampa last Sunday, note that they were absolutely atrocious across the board in their 17-3 loss at Chicago the week before. Get more week 9 NFL picks here.

I’ll point out as well that Atlanta is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 on the road, while Carolina is just 1-4 ATS in its last five following an ATS victory.

In what should be a highly competitive divisional affair, I’m going to recommend a second look at the Falcons.

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