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Hawks at Cavaliers Game 1 - 5/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (52-36) at Cleveland Cavaliers (61-25)

NBA Basketball: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers play game one Monday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Atlanta Hawks are coming off a six-game series over the Boston Celtics. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 100.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 93.8 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 16.5 points and six assists. Al Horford is grabbing 8.5 rebounds and Kent Bazemore is dishing 1.8 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 27.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost five of their last six road games.

Hawks at Cavaliers Game 1 - 5/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off an impressive sweep over the Detroit Pistons. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 103.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 95 points on 47.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 22.8 points and 6.8 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 18.8 points and 12 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 4.8 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 41.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 12 of their last 15 home games.

Since the second half of the season, the Atlanta Hawks have been playing as well as any team in the Eastern Conference and has the depth to give the Cavs some problems. Remember, Cleveland did allow the Pistons to shoot a high percentage from deep, and the Hawks have far better and more consistent shooters. I think this series can be compeitive. 

I'm taking the points. 

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Atlanta Hawks +7.5

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