Hawks The NBA Pick To Defend Home Court Against Relentless Cavaliers

Charles Stark

Friday, May 6, 2016 12:38 PM GMT

Will Atlanta bounce back to make this a series or will Cleveland roll them again? Watch out, because this NBA pick line is a lot lower than probably most people anticipated.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks
NBA odds makers have made Atlanta a +3 underdog like at Pinnacle -113. Although we are 0-2 in this series by backing the Hawks twice for one of my NBA picks I am going to back them again. I don’t expect Cleveland to have the same type of shooting night by a long shot and for the Hawks to come out with a chip on their shoulders.

 

Atlanta Hawks
In game two Atlanta shot just 42.3% from the field and 40.7% from distance but only got up 71 attempts. Of course the main story of game two was the three point shooting from Cleveland but Atlanta also did not play well allowing 27 assists defensively and turning the ball over 16 times which led to 29 Cleveland points. Contrast that with the 10 turnovers the Cavs had and the Hawks only converting those into two points made the three point shooting just a part of a systemic failure by Atlanta, especially defensively.

The guts and truth of this is Atlanta is not as bad as how they played in Cleveland and the Cavs are not as good as that unreal barrage of shooting the other night. If you think Cleveland is going to come into Philips Arena and pull off that same type of display than you are sorely mistaken. Odds makers agree making this line unbelievably small considering the hammering the Hawks just endured. Don’t fall into the classic trap by them making this line so enticing to take the Cavs, the real value here is on the character and bounce back capability of the Hawks.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers
In game two the Cavs shot 47.1% from the field and over 55% from distance going 25-45 from beyond the arc. This game reminded me a lot of the Spurs Thunder first game where everything went right for one team and everything just the opposite for the other but not truly indicating the disparity of the teams. Yes San Antonio is better than OKC and yes Cleveland is better than Atlanta but that doesn’t mean they are going to come in and repeat what they just did, don’t drink the kool aid.

Cleveland swept through Detroit and look to do the same to Atlanta but if their road games at Detroit are any indication we can expect the Hawks to not only put up a fight but to most likely win game three. On the season on the road Cleveland’s shooting percentages go down two percentage points across the board and they go from scoring 107 at home to 102 on the road. The Hawks were one of the best teams at home this season and will give Cleveland a very different game three. Not convinced? Go ahead and take a look at this capper's opposite pick for this game!

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Free MLB Pick: Atlanta +2
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