Odds and ends: Importance of Game 3

How important is Game 3 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks with the series tied at 1 game apiece as it shifts to TD Garden? According to ESPN Stats and Info, teams that won Game 3 of a tied series have gone on to prevail 76 percent of the time (139-44). What's more, teams that boast a 2-1 series advantage have won 82.1 percent of those series overall (266-58).

Curiously, having homecourt advantage in Game 3 might not be as much of a perk as it seems for the Celtics. The winning percentage of home teams in Game 3 of a tied series is a mere 55.9 percent (100-79). Either way, Boston has to feel pretty confident about its chances after stealing a Game 2 win in Atlanta, where Philips Arena has proven to be a tough building for them in recent postseasons.