Cavaliers at Hawks Game 3 - 5/6/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (63-25) at Atlanta Hawks (52-38)
NBA Basketball: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +3 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks meet Friday night for game 3 at the Phillips Arena.
The Cleveland Cavaliers can pretty much put this series to bed by winning here and taking a 3-0 lead. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 106.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 95.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 23.8 points and 6.8 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.2 points and 12 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 5.5 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 45.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 17 road games.
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The Atlanta Hawks need a victory here in order to have any shot of getting back in this series. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 99.3 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 98.8 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 16.4 points and 9.6 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.1 points and 5.8 assists. Al Horford is grabbing 7.5 rebounds and Kent Bazemore is dishing two assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won six straight home games.
The Cavaliers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss. The Cavaliers are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Hawks are capable of playing far better than what we've seen in this series, and they usually do so when they're playing at home. I expect Teague, Millsap and others to be offended by how the Cavs treated them in game 2 and find a way to get the job done at home. Atlanta still has the depth to make this somewhat of a series.
I'll take my free bucket and the home team.