Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 5/4/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (52-37) at Cleveland Cavaliers (62-25)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks duke it out in Game 2 at the Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday.
The Cavaliers will be full of confidence after beating the Hawks by 104-93 in Game 1 on Monday behind a big game from LeBron James who led the way with 25 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and five steals. Kyrie Irving played second fiddle to LeBron and had himself a strong outing with 21 points and eight assists while Kevin Love added 17 points with 11 rebounds but despite being wide open on most of his shots, he connected on just four of 17 field goal attempts. What was a key factor in the win was the Cavs' ability to push the pace which led to easy points in the paint and from behind the 3-point arc where they would connect on 15 of 31 attempts.
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Meanwhile, the Hawks will be disappointed with the loss as they fell behind by double digits early and found themselves running uphill for most of the game before the game tightened up in the fourth quarter. Dennis Schroder drained 5 treys en route to a playoff career-high 27 points off the bench but he just didn't get enough support from the rest of the team. Paul Millsap had a decent game of 17 points while Kent Bazemore added 16 points, but Al Horford had just 10 points while Jeff Teague finished with just eight points as the Hawks shot a miserable 37.9 percent from the field as a team. Despite the poor shooting, the Hawks actually had a genuine chance to win the game as they led by 88-87 with 4:28 left in the fourth quarter, but the Cavs would outscore the Hawks by 17-5 the rest of the way to take the series lead.
In ATS trends, the Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games, while the Cavs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Conference Semifinals games.
Head to head, the Hawks are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Cleveland.
The Hawks showed plenty of fight in Game 1 because most teams would have gotten blown out by the Cavs after the start they had, but despite Schroder's best efforts, the Hawks would still go onto lose by double digits. The Hawks' key players like Horford and Teague really need to lift because it's going to take a collective effort to beat the Cavs when they're in this mood, but I just don't see the Hawks making much noise until Game 3 or 4 so I'm sticking with the Cavs to win by double digits at home.