One of the NBA’s more modern rivalries will be on full display this Friday when the Eastern Conference contender Boston Celtics play host to Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks. The two clubs have beaten the NBA odds for different reasons this season and now will get the opportunity to square off.
Ever since Rajon Rondo went down with a season-ending injury in January, all eyes have been on how their futures odds would be affected by their performance without their star point guard. Over a month in now and all is well.
With 30/1 odds of winning the NBA championship, they’re as much a title threat as they’ve been all season – even more so, perhaps.
Against the Hawks, however, they’ll have their work cut out for them. After defying expectations and holding onto star forward Smith at the trade deadline, the Hawks are gearing up for one more charge at Eastern Conference supremacy.
They may sit further down the NBA futures with 75/1 odds, but anything can happen in the sportsbook. Get an idea of what to expect from the two clubs, who’ve clashed in two of the last five postseasons.