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Celtics Head South for NBA Betting Matchup against the Hawks

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Having kept all their stars at the trade deadline, the Boston Celtics will be looking to start the week with a win on Monday as they head to Atlanta for a game against the Hawks. This will mark their first meeting of the season. They played last April, with the Hawks winning 88-83 at home as a 1-point underdog on the NBA betting lines.
 
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Trade rumours buzzed around most of the Celtics' top-tier talent prior to the league's trade deadline last Thursday, but in the end management decided to keep the roster intact – likely in large part due to the team's improved play over the past couple of weeks.
 
Boston doesn't have much of a shot at catching the Chicago Bulls or the Miami Heat for the top seeds in the Eastern Conference standings, but there's still plenty of time left in the season for them to assert themselves in the Atlantic and claim that division title.
 
And on the updated NBA futures list released by Bovada after the league's trade deadline, the Celtics were firmly in the second tier of contenders at 30/1 odds to win the NBA championship this season, and at 18/1 odds to come out on top in the East.
 
The Hawks don't have the same opportunity to win a division title this season – not with the Heat and the Orlando Magic in the Southeast with them – and with less public support they were sitting at 60/1 to win the NBA title and 28/1 to win the Eastern Conference.
 
Wagering on the Celtics or the Hawks during their matchups in recent seasons has been a bit of a coin toss, as they've split their last 10 meetings 5-5 with Atlanta holding the slight ATS edge at 6-4. The OVER/UNDER went 5-5 for totals bettors in those 10 contests.
 
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