Sportsbooks Set Hawks & Cavs As Same Caliber Of A Fave For Game 2

Charles Stark

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 12:09 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 4, 2016 12:09 PM UTC

Tight odds for Hawks vs. Cavaliers makes for a clutch NBA pick. Let's find out if Atlanta can steal a victory on the road from Cleveland.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA odds makers have made Atlanta a +7 underdog like at Bookmaker -110. I backed the Hawks in game one and I am going to back them again for my NBA pick because that game was a lot closer than the final score. Don't be shocked if Atlanta pulls the upset in this Eastern Conference playoff.


Atlanta Hawks
In game one Atlanta shot 37.9% from the field and just 32.4% from distance but out rebounded Cleveland 58-53. They made a really strong push in the fourth quarter but just couldn't get over the hump and the Cavaliers were able to pull away. Overall though I thought the Hawks played a really good basketball game yet they just couldn't get the ball consistently in the bucket. On the season Atlanta shot over 45% from the field and about 35% from distance so I expect with some adjustments for them to see a lot more made shots.

Just like Oklahoma City did the second game of their series with San Antonio I expect Atlanta to have a nice bounce back game on the offensive side. For shooting so poorly they actually played Cleveland pretty evenly for most of the night beating them on the boards, points in the paint, getting up more attempts, and only allowed nine points off of 12 turnovers. However, they allowed the Cavaliers to move the ball too much with 27 assists which was the catalyst in Cleveland's overall strong shooting percentage night. Don't let that first game fool you these two teams matchup really well and I will not be surprised if Atlanta gets the win tonight so I will grab the points.


Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland shot 44.6% from the field and 48.4% from distance with Lebron going for 25 points. Probably what surprised me the most is that Atlanta held the Cavs to a reasonable amount of attempts at just 83 but couldn't stay within the number. The Cavaliers were great from beyond the arc going 15-31 which I thought really made the difference along with their ball movement in the game.  However, I don't expect for Cleveland to shoot as well from distance in game two as Atlanta allows just 33.5% from beyond the arc which ranks fifth in the NBA.

This was a typical game one in which the home team got off to a hot start and was able to finish in the fourth quarter, but what I like was the character of Atlanta battling to make this a tight ballgame with about six minutes left. What I am anticipating for in game two is for Atlanta's shooting percentages to go up while Cleveland's go down just a touch. With all things being equal statistically besides that aspect we should really see a game two that goes down to the wire which puts a lot of value on grabbing the points with the Hawks.

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Free MLB Pick: Atlanta +7
Best Line Offered: at Heritage 

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