Date: 2 March 2022
Time: 6:00 A.M. IST
Venue: T.D. Garden, Boston
The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics go head to head for the fourth time in the 2021-22 NBA season. As divisional rivals, the Hawks have held the upper hand on the Celtics as they have won two out of their three games so far. But Boston registered a commanding 105-95 victory on 13 February in their latest matchup where Jason Tatum scored 38 points in the victory.
The Celts enter this matchup after suffering an upset defeat from the Indiana Pacers n the GainBridge Fieldhouse. Four out of the five starters for Indy scored 20 points or more whereas Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined to 47 points in the defeat. They are averaging 109.2 points on 45.5% shooting as the 16th ranked offence. They are hitting 34.4 % from 3-point land and 81.4 % from the free-throw line. Defensively they are placed fourth as they are allowing 103.9 points on 43% from the field.
On the contrary, Atlanta arrives in Boston after defeating the Toronto Raptors 127-100 led by Trae Young’s 41 points along with 11 assists and four rebounds. Kevin Huerter, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Onyeka Okongwu also scored crucial points. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 112.4 points while shooting 46.8% from the field, 37.7 % from deep and 80.4 % from the free-throw line. Defensively as the 21st ranked team they are allowing 111.6 points on 46.5 per cent shooting.
Atlanta Hawks: John Collins is listed as Day To Day on the injury list as he has hurt his foot and is doubtful for the game against the Celtics as reported by Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Lou Williams will miss this game due to a hip injury.
Boston Celtics: No injuries have been reported for the Boston Celtics.
The Atlanta Hawks have shown glimpses of the team which reached the eastern conference finals last season recently but they have been very inconsistent. Whereas the Boston Celtics remain one of the best teams in the league, especially in 2022 as they have won 13 of their last 16 games. These victories include winning their last five games which they have won by an average of 11.6 points. Hence the Boston Celtics could win the game and level the regular-season series 2-2.
Probable Starting 5:
Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young, Deandre Hunter, Danilo Gallinari, Clint Capela, Kevin Huerter.
Boston Celtics: Grant Williams, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams II.
PG: Trae Young, Derrick White
SG: Marcus Smart, Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF: Jaylen Brown, Deandre Hunter.
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Clint Capela
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