SCOTT SPREITZER'S ROAD WARRIOR G.O.M.! *10-1 Run!: Scott Spreitzer SWEPT his 3rd card in 4 days yesterday, currently on a 10-1, 91% overall run since Thursday! Scott's 11-4, 73% in March NBA and rocks the books on Monday with his ROAD WARRIOR WIPEOUT GAME OF THE MONTH! Grab it here along with an 86% spot as Scott looks to extend his red-hot run to 11-1 ATS!
Game: Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Mar 19 2012 7:35PM
Prediction: Boston Celtics
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: I'm backing the Celtics on Monday night. Boston certainly didn't look like a playoff contender in their last two games, losing at Denver and Sacramento. They were smacked around on the glass in both games, allowing Denver 20 second-chance points. But instead of hanging their heads as they head east for the final three games of a lengthy road trip, Doc Rivers and his players are talking about what they need to do to catch Philadelphia in the Atlantic. One recurring theme with the players has been "heart," or whether this team has it. All players interviewed after their most recent loss spoke about work on the glass and that they need to start games with more intensity. I believe it's something they'll focus on in this one - and they're facing a mediocre rebounding team in the Atlanta Hawks. A couple of things that remain consistent for Boston is their shooting and defensive play. Boston is one of the better shooting teams in the league. At the other end, the Celtics are 3rd in the NBA in ppg allowed; 4th in FG percentage allowed; and 1st in 3-point defense. Management left the Celtic roster intact over the last week, while Atlanta is a walking MASH unit right now. Checkout last night's starting lineup in the box-score. This marks the first meeting of the season between the Celtics and Hawks with Boston trailing Atlanta by 2 1/2 games for 6th place in the Eastern Conference standings. I expect a bust-out night for Boston in this one. They completely shut down both Joe Johnson and Josh Smith in last year's meetings and Boston's lineup has many of the same parts as last year's version. Johnson made just 6 of 30 shots in two games against the Celtics last season, while Smith played in all three meetings, making just 3 of 21 attempts. Boston is on a 71% ATS run on one day of rest, while the Hawks have covered just 4 of 14 as a home favorite of less than 5 points. They're 1-6 ATS in their last seven against the Atlantic Divisions. I'm backing Boston on Monday. Thanks! GL! Scott.