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Atlanta Hawks @ Boston Celtics – 2pm ET
The first of only two games to take place on Sunday in the NBA will see the Atlanta Hawks travel to Boston to take on the Celtics. The Hawks have lost three of their last four, which includes losses to the Raptors, Mavericks and Spurs. The Celtics keep building on their winning streak, which currently stands at seven in a row, after a 108-102 win over the Nuggets.
The Celtics come in one of the hottest teams in the NBA, winners of seven straight. They returned home in their last game to beat Denver, after a successful three game road trip that included wins over Detroit, Orlando and Brooklyn. It was a gritty 108-102 win that saw Jayson Tatum lead the way with 24 points and Robert Williams contributed a double double. They’re looking to continue to climb the East standings, as they’re now sitting at 7th place. The 10th place team is their opponent, the Atlanta Hawks as they try to turn their season around. After a run to the Eastern Conference Finals last year, it appears they can’t seem to replicate that same magic they had.
They’ve lost 4 of the past 6 including a 15 point thrashing at the hands of the Spurs in the last game. Spurs’ Dejounte Murray had a 32 point triple double to outshine Trae Young whose shooting struggles continued. He won’t have it any easier in this tough matchup against Boston. The Hawks not making any moves at the deadline was confusing because they clearly need someone alongside Trae Young to get the Hawks where they want to go. That decision to stick with their current roster could cost them a playoff spot with how things are looking but it will also cost them this game against a scorching Boston team. Give me the Celtics in another comfy victory.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics -6.5 (-110)
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— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 12, 2022
The Celtics have won seven straight games. With their most recent being a 108-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets were their biggest test during this win streak and the Celtics prevailed, so they’ll undeniably be ready for a matchup on Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks are looking to sneak Into the playoffs with a play-in berth. But when they lose to a San Antonio Spurs team that should be far inferior to them, questions start to get asked.
Atlanta currently sits in 10th place in the Western Conference which means they’re just hanging onto a play-in spot. For a team that made last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, things have been frustrating for the Hawks. On Sunday they will look to stay alive in the playoff race and stop the Celtics current run. With the way the Hawks have been playing defense lately that may be hard against a team with as much firepower as the Celtics, who have Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum at the helm. I’ll pick the Celtics to stroll past this Hawks team that has good scoring but plenty of issues on the defensive side.
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Indiana Pacers – 3pm ET
We wrap up a Sunday’s slate in the NBA with a game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Indiana Pacers. The Timberwolves have lost their last two games in a row, which includes losses to the Kings and Bulls. The Pacers are on a five game losing streak, and this takes their season record to 19-38.
The Pacers finally debuted all their new pieces on Friday and it got off to a great start. New point guard Tyrese Haliburton facilitated the offense and helped them score a franchise record 47 in the first quarter. However, they couldn’t sustain that level throughout the whole game, eventually losing 113-120 but they still saw enough to know they have their point guard of the future. He should have another great day on Sunday, against a Minnesota team that has struggled defensively. The Timberwolves have now lost two straight after dropping their last game 122-134 in Chicago to the Bulls.
All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and Anthony Edwards had 31 in the loss and they remained optimistic after the loss, telling fans to not hit the panic button. They are currently the 7th seed in the West which puts them right in the playoff picture as we head towards the All-Star break. The Timberwolves are a legit playoff team this year and if they want to take that next step these are the games you have to take care of against a rebuilding team. That is exactly what they’ll do and I think it’ll be another shootout but in the end Minnesota will cover on this Super Bowl Sunday.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves -6 (-110)
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— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 12, 2022
After a four-game win streak that proved the Timberwolves were a force to be reckoned with, the young team showed they weren’t exactly that with back to back losses against the Bulls and Kings. Both defeats were by double digits; the T-Wolves will want to make sure they stay together on defense going forward if they have any chance of making a splash in the always competitive Western Conference. They’ll have a chance to set things right on Sunday as they play the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers are a new look team after shipping out Caris LeVert and Domantas Sabonis. Luckily they brought in Tyrese Halliburton and Buddy Hield.
Halliburton took no time adjusting to the Pacers as he scored 23 points and had 6 assists in a 114-120 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday. Hield also had a decent game with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists; a near triple-double. Both players will look to continue their strong play for their new team on Sunday. But I’ll pick this up-and-coming Minnesota team to pull out a win as they’ve been too good to have a big losing skid start. I’d expect the play of Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell to flourish in this game against a pretty bad Pacers defense.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.