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Betting Game 3 in Atlanta between the Hawks and Celtics

Dejounte Murray

Dejounte Murray

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Vaughn Dalzell shares how he’s betting Game 3 of the series between the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics.

Celtics (-5) at Hawks: O/U 228.0

The Celtics head to Atlanta for Game 3 and up 2-0 in the series, so the Hawks will be desperate.

In two postseason meetings, Atlanta has trailed by 3 and 10 points at the end of the first quarter, but led Boston in two out of three regular season meetings to end the first period.

Despite all that, the first quarter line ranges from +0.5 to +1.5 for Atlanta, something worth getting involved in.

When teams are down 0-2 in a series and return home, that is a max desperation spot to come out early and grab a lead. Last season this worked out very well for us and we will play it here.

Brooklyn covered at home in the first quarter yesterday against Philadelphia, plus the L.A. Clippers did as well at home against the Suns without Kawhi Leonard and the Warriors too at home versus the Suns.

I played the Hawks 1Q at +1.5 for -118 odds and would play this down to the ML for +100 or better.

Let’s hope all the rappers and actors come out to Atlanta for this one because you know how the Hawks like their celebrities.

Pick: Hawks 1Q +1.5 (Risk 1u)

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