Celtics (25-8) at Hawks (22-12)
Game time: 8pm, The Omni, Philips Arena. TV – CSN, ESPN. Radio – WEEI-AM (850).
Bos: Pierce – 18.1 Hawks: Joe Johnson – 21.5
Bos: Perkins – 8.0 Hawks: Al Horford – 9.9
Bos: Rondo – 9.6 Hawks: Johnson – 4.9
Who'll go off: Anyone else salivating at the Rajon Rondo vs Mike Bibby matchup? In the Hawks 97-86 win Nov. 13 in Boston, Rondo had just four points on four shots. I'm expecting Rondo to be super aggressive in tonight's game.
Who needs to be stopped: Jamal Crawford. He's second in the league in bench scoring – 17.1
points per game. In the Hawks first win against Boston, Crawford scored 16
of his 18 in the second half.
The C's will lose if… they don't rebound. Atlanta out-rebounded the Cs 47-29 in that first game, including a 16-6 edge in offensive rebounds. Al Horford, Josh Smith and Joe Johnson are all capable of crashing the glass.
Miscellaneous: The Hawks ended a 4-game losing streak with a 119-89 win over NJ on Wednesday. The Celtics shot 1-15 from three in the previous game with Atlanta.
Prediction: Celtics 104 – Hawks 99
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