Odds and ends: Closing time?

ATLANTA -- With help from our friends at ESPN Stats and Info, checking out what past series tell us about how the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks will shake out:

* Earlier this week, we detailed how only eight teams in NBA history have rallied from a 3-1 series deficit. Even in losing Tuesday's Game 5 and watching the Hawks trim their series deficit to 3-2, Boston can take solace in the fact that 85.7 percent (209-35) of teams with that advantage went on to advance.

* What should scare Boston is how harshly the odds will swing if they fumble away Game 6 on Thursday night at TD Garden. Atlanta would host Game 7 and teams with home-court advantage in a deciding game have won 80.4 percent (86-21) of those series.