Hawks at Cavaliers Game 2 - 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: 199 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Wednesday night for game two at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Atlanta Hawks hope to tie this series up at 1-1 before heading back to the Phillips Arena. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 99.4 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 95.3 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 16.4 points and 9.4 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.3 points and 5.7 assists. Al Horford is grabbing 8.1 rebounds and Kent Bazemore is dishing 2.1 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost six of their last seven road games.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers can take a commanding 2-0 series lead back to Georgia with a victory here. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 103.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 94.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 23.2 points and 7.2 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 18.4 points and 11.8 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 5.4 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 13 of their last 16 home games.
The Hawks are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 Conference Semifinals games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Hawks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Cleveland and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Hawks have the overall depth to give the Cavs a run in this series, but we saw in game 1 just how explosive Cleveland can be. The Hawks looked like they had a chance to win with about three minutes left and then didn't even end up covering. Cleveland's three-point shooting and explosiveness gives the Hawks problems.
I like Cleveland to win this game at home by double digits.