Cavaliers at Hawks - 5/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-31) at Atlanta Hawks (68-26)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -1 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks play game one of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a six-game series against the Chicago Bulls. LeBron James is averaging 26.5 points and 7.9 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 19.8 points and 3.3 assists. J.R. Smith is dishing one assist and Iman Shumpert is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from deep in these playoffs. The extra days off will help the Cavs, especially Irving who has been dealing with a foot injury. The Cavaliers have been getting help from their role players, including Matthew Dellavedova who scored 19 points in his last game. The Cavaliers have won seven of their last 10 games on the road.
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The Atlanta Hawks are coming off a six-game series against the Washington Wizards. DeMarre Carroll is averaging 17.1 points and 6.8 rebounds while Paul Millsap is averaging 15.7 points and nine rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 9.9 rebounds and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.4 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Hawks have yet to play their best basketball and Kyle Korver is 1-12 from deep in his last two games. Still, the Hawks find themselves in a great position with home court and a chance to play in their first NBA finals since moving from St. Louis. The Hawks have won 10 of their last 12 games at home.
The Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Conference Finals games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games. The Hawks are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Central and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Atlanta and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Cavs should have a healthy Irving in this game with all this time off, which is bad news for the Hawks. I just don't like the Hawks in this series, as they have yet to play the way they did in the regular season and have looked sluggish. Give me the Cavs and the free point.