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Celtics vs Hawks Free Pick May 1, 2012

The Boston Celtics look to regroup for game two of their quarterfinal series against the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks took the first game 83-74 Sunday in Atlanta. Game two is scheduled for May 1 also in Atlanta.

The Hawks were led by the impressive play of Josh Smith who scored 22 points and pulled down 18 rebounds. The Celtics were led in the first game by the 20 points of Rajon Rondo who also had 11 assists. However, Rondo was ejected from the game with 41 second remaining and could be suspended. It appeared as though he bumped the official who tossed him from the game and that could bring a suspension from the NBA front office.

Boston looked sluggish on offense and did not get the usual output from veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. If they Celtics are to win game two or any other game, those two players need to play much better. Ray Allen, the veteran guard for the Celtics missed his first playoff game of his long career. He is suffering from a sore ankle and probably will sit out until the series arrives in Boston later in the week.

The Hawks started a third stringer at center as current starter Zaza Pachulia is nursing a bad left foot and normal starter Al Horford has been ruled out for the entire series. However, the team looked fine without Pachulia.

Boston will look towards both Garnett and Pierce to take control of this game early and negate the inside play of Smith. The key will be if Rondo will be available to play or will be suspended. If he can play, the Celtics may be able to win one on Atlanta’s home court.

The line opened with the Hawks as just 2-point favorites but has jumped to 11 ½ points due to the possible suspension of Rondo. I like the Celtics plus the points, even if Rondo is suspended. Take the UNDER as these two teams will fight it out defensively.

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Monday, April 30th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting

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