Hawks at Cavaliers - 5/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (68-29) at Cleveland Cavaliers (64-31)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -8 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers play game four of their playoff series Tuesday night.
The Atlanta Hawks need a win here in order to extend this series a fifth game. Jeff Teague is averaging 16.8 points and 7.1 assists while Al Horford is averaging 15.3 points and 9.1 rebounds. Paul Millsap is grabbing 8.6 rebounds and DeMarre Carroll is dishing 2.1 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 32.9 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Hawks played their best game yet in game three but came up just short. The Hawks must find someone other than Teague who can make big shots down the stretch. Dennis Schroder has just a combined 13 points in his last two games. The Hawks have lost six of their last nine road games.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers look for a win to get maximum rest before the NBA Finals. LeBron James is averaging 27.9 points and 10.5 rebounds while J.R. Smith is averaging 13.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. Iman Shumpert is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Matthew Dellavedova is dishing 2.8 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Cavs continue to get help from their entire roster, especially Smith who is shooting 50 percent from the field in this series. The Cavs need to get this win in order to get extra days to rest their hobbled team. The Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 12 home games. Kyrie Irving is questionable with a knee injury.
The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Hawks are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Cleveland.
While the Cavs should win this game, they're banged up too much to lay any type of chalk. LeBron was dead after playingnearly 48 minutes in game three. I'm taking the points if forced to cap this game.