The Boston Celtics are set to start their playoff journey against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. The Hawks secured the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference after defeating the Miami Heat 116-105 in the play-in game on Tuesday.
Trae Young led the charge for Atlanta with 25 points, while seven Hawks players scored in double figures. They also dominated the rebounding battle, with 22 offensive rebounds compared to Miami’s six.
Despite Atlanta’s recent success, the Celtics have a favorable record against them, having won all three of their regular season matchups. The last time they faced each other in the NBA playoffs was in 2016 when the Hawks came out on top in six games during the first round.
Game 1 between the Celtics and the Hawks is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, with pregame coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston. The Celtics will be entering the playoffs with several questions surrounding their performance, as noted by Forsberg.