TNT Game 1: Atlanta Hawks (29-31) @ Boston Celtics (36-27)
Lines/News: Spread: Boston is a 6.5 and the O/U is 226. In their previous meeting on Super Bowl Sunday, Boston defeated the Hawks, 105-95. Atlanta is 5-5 in its last 10 games while Boston is 7-3 in its last 10 games.
Hawks Trends: The Hawks are 5-2 ATS against the Celtics in their last seven games. Atlanta is 1-5 ATS as underdogs in their last six games and 1-4 ATS on the road in their last five games.
Celtics Trends: The Celtics are 13-2 against the spread (ATS) as favorites in their last 15 games. After one day of rest in their last five games, the Celtics are 4-1 ATS.
Player Trends: Atlanta’s Trae Young (O/U 2.5 made three-pointers) has recorded 3+ three-pointers 33 times in his last 84 games (39.3%) and 12 of his last 20 games (60%). He’s hit the over in seven of his last nine (77.78%) games when he scored at least 24 points last game (avg. 4.1 per game). Young has made at least three threes in nine of his last 12 games (75%) when he made at least five free throws last game (avg. 3.8).
Boston’s Jayson Tatum (O/U 26.5 points) has 27+ points in two of his last five games (40%), eight of his last 20 (40%), and 22 of his last 50 (44%). He’s scored 27+ points in one of his last five games at home (avg. 24.6 per game) and 23 of his last 36 (36.11%, averaging 25.3). He’s gone Over in one of his last six (16.67%) against a team with a losing record (avg. 24.8).
TNT Game 2: Dallas Mavericks (36-25) @ LA Lakers (27-33)
Lines/News: Dallas is favored by six and the total is 216.5. In the previous meeting in December, the Lakers won, 107-104. Dallas is 7-3 in its last 10 games. The Lakers are just 3-7 in their last 10 games and are coming off a 28-point loss (123-98) to the Pelicans.
Mavericks Trends: The Mavericks are 8-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last nine games and 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team like the Lakers with a losing record. Dallas is 20-15 ATS as favorites.
Lakers Trends: The Lakers are 7-3 ATS against the Mavericks in their last 10 games and 8-3 ATS after a loss in their last 11. At home this season, the Lakers are 13-20 ATS.
Player Trend: Dallas’ Luka Doncic (O/U 31.5 points) has scored 32+ points in four of his last 20 games on the road (20%, averaging 25.3 per game) and in two of his 11 (18.18%) against a bottom 10 defense (avg. 24.4 per gm). More recently he’s 7-3 in his last 10 to the Over (70%). And since the trade of Kristaps Porzingis, Doncic is 3-2 going Over 31.5 (60%, averaging 34.4).