Hawks at Cavaliers - 5/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (68-28) at Cleveland Cavaliers (63-31)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers play game three of their playoff series Sunday night.
The Atlanta Hawks need a win here to get back in this series. Jeff Teague is averaging 15.9 points and 7.1 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 14.6 points and 8.6 rebounds. Kyle Korver is grabbing five rebounds and Dennis Schroder is dishing 4.1 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Hawks continue to play poor basketball, especially on the offensive end where they’ve scored 89 or less points in three of their last four games. Millsap needs to step up, as he’s just 5-19 from the field in this series. The Hawks have lost five of their last eight road games. DeMarre Carroll and Al Horford are questionable with knee injuries.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to all but end this series with a victory. LeBron James is averaging 27.2 points and eight assists while J.R. Smith is averaging 12.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Iman Shumpert is dishing 1.2 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 10 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 35 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Cavaliers continue to step up regardless of who is in the lineup, especially Smith who is 12-21 from deep in his last three games. The Cavs have allowed less than 100 points in 10 of their 12 playoff games. The Cavs have won 20 of their last 22 home games. Kyrie Irving is questionable with a knee injury.
The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southeast and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hawks are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland.
The Hawks are just outmatched in this series, and the Cavs can smell blood in the water. This could very well be an ugly sweep, as the Hawks simply aren't the same team they were in the regular season. I'm taking the Cavs and expecting a double-digit victory.