Will Trae Young Play Tonight? Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 02/24/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Feb 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (11) shoots against New York Knicks’ Elfrid Payton (6) and Nerlens Noel (3) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jason DeCrow/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

After a season that began in a promising fashion for both teams, Atlanta Hawks will host Boston Celtics in a bid to regain some form and confidence. The Celtics lie sixth in the Eastern Conference Standings with a 15-16 record while the Hawks place at 11th with a 13-18 record. Both of them have lost seven out of their last 10 games.


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Date & Time: February 24, 2021, 7:30pm ET

Venue: State Farm Arena, Atlanta


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Feb 9, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens yells to his players during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks had another late collapse in a 112-111 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Failing to close out the game has been a norm for them this season.

To make matters worse for them, John Collins did not take to the court in the second half. He took an elbow to the side of his head earlier in the game and the medical staff is evaluating him for a possible concussion. But it was a precautionary measure, and he is likely to take it to the court against the Celtics.

On the other hand, Cam Reddish did not play a part in the Cavs loss because of right Achilles soreness. He may be unavailable yet again. Trae Young will hold the key for them.

What an ending to Hawks-Cavs 😯 pic.twitter.com/r1lNkCzM73

— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 24, 2021

Starting 5 for the Atlanta Hawks

Guard – Trae Young

Guard – Kevin Hueter

Center – Clint Capela

Forward – Tony Snell

Forward – John Collins

Preview | Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics dropped below.500 after a long time. The under-manned Dallas Mavericks managed to overshadow them. Even with all-stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in their ranks, they are struggling.

For this game against the Hawks, the staff may consider giving the returning Kemba Walker a rest from back-to-back. But we are assuming that he laces up his boots for this all-important clash.

Feb 14, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) dribbles the ball around the screen of Celtics forward Tristan Thompson (13) as Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) defends in the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for the Boston Celtics

Guard – Kemba Walker

Guard – Jaylen Brown

Center – Tristan Thompson

Forward – Daniel Theis


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Forward – Jayson Tatum

Predictions | Hawks vs Celtics

It is an evenly poised game with both the teams currently struggling to get going. However, for the sake of predictions, we think that the Celtics may just pip the Hawks and leave Georgia with a win.


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