Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics Player Prop: Trusting Trae Young

The Atlanta Hawks fly to Boston to play the Celtics tonight. Gray Gutfreund is bringing you his player prop pick for the matchup and in this game, he's trusting Trae Young.
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Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics Player Prop: Trusting Trae Young's Playmaking Chops

Trae Young ranks 4th in the NBA in assists per game this season, posting a stellar average of 9.3 APG. This marks Trae's third consecutive year dishing out at least 9.3 dimes per night. He's one of the league's most consistent playmakers, and we're getting some awesome value with his assists prop tonight.

Trae Young Over 8.5 Assists @ -118 (Bet $118 to win $100)

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Trae Young's assists over/under should never be as low as 8.5, to put it simply. He's walking into tonight's matchup against the Celtics with a 69.1% success rate on the over, hitting in 38 of 55 games this season. And, his assist totals have only risen over the course of the season. Young has at least 9 assists in an impressive 73.5% of his games since December 1st and he's hit this over in 8 of his last 9 games.

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You may be concerned about Atlanta's matchup today with Boston, the NBA's best defense over the last couple of months. However, I don't anticipate any major Hawks struggles when it comes to putting up points. Atlanta is scoring 115.1 points per 100 possessions, which makes them the 2nd best offense in the NBA this season.

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And, let's not pretend that it's impossible to rack up some assists against the Celts. They've had eight games against players ranking top 10 in APG since January 1st (during their defensive hot streak). Here's how they fared:

  • Tyrese Haliburton - 9, 7
  • Nikola Jokic - 11
  • Trae Young - 10, 5
  • LaMelo Ball - 9, 10
  • Dejounte Murray - 12

These guys exceeded their season assist averages (and finished with 9+) in 6 of these 8 games.

Trae Young has reached the 10-assist mark in two of his three games against Boston so far this season. We only need 9 from Atlanta's star guard tonight, who has a great opportunity to succeed in Boston.

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Gray is a massive New York sports fan, and is an NBA & NFL oracle. He’s a passionate writer with a strong background in statistics, and loves putting out player props! You can follow him on Twitter @PropBetGuru.

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