Cavaliers at Hawks - 5/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (62-31) at Atlanta Hawks (68-27)
NBA Basketball: Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -1 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks play game two of their playoff series Friday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to steal two games on the road and take control of this series. LeBron James is averaging 26.9 points and 7.7 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 18.9 points and 3.5 assists. J.R. Smith is dishing 1.2 assists and Iman Shumpert is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Cavs continue to get a boost from guys outside of LeBron and Kyrie, as Smith is 11-18 from deep in his last two games. This Cavs’ team is hitting their stride, and they’ve won 30 of their last 34 games when allowing less than 100 points. The Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 14 games on the road.
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The Atlanta Hawks need a win here if they’re going to get back in the series. Jeff Teague is averaging 16.2 points and 7.2 assists while Al Horford is averaging 15.6 points and 9.7 rebounds. Paul Millsap is grabbing 8.8 rebounds and Kyle Korver is dishing 2.5 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 33.2 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Hawks need to step their game up if they stand a chance in this series. That starts with Kyle Korver, who is 3-16 from deep in his last three games and Paul Millsap who was just 3-11 from the field in the game one loss. The Hawks have won 10 of their last 13 games on their home court. DeMarre Carroll is doubtful with a knee injury.
The Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southeast and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta.
Is this line a joke? The Cavs are far the better team, and now the Hawks will likely be without their top player in the playoffs. Um, this is a steal. Take the Cavs to win game two.