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Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (64-25) at Atlanta Hawks (52-39)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks +5 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds


The Atlanta Hawks look to avoid the series sweep on Sunday when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4.

The Hawks will be desperate to avoid the sweep after getting blown out by the Cavs in Game 3 on Friday. Al Horford led the team with 24 points on 11 of 15 shooting, Jeff Teague added 19 points with 14 assists while Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver added 17 and 18 points respectively, but it still wasn't enough to get hold off the Cavaliers who stormed home on a 36-17 fourth quarter. As a team, the Hawks shot 48.8 percent from the field while connecting on 16 of 34 three-point attempts, but it still didn't match the Cavs' 21 three-pointers. Despite the margin of defeat, the Hawks were actually ahead for most of the game until the fourth quarter, but they're just lacking that superstar to drag them over the line when it gets close.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Cavaliers can't be happier with the way they closed out Game 3 as they now move to within one win of advancing to the next round of the playoffs. Kevin Love scored all of the Cavs' first 13 points to finish with 21 points for the game while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving added 24 points each, but the real x-factor for the Cavs was actually Channing Frye who drained seven 3-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points off the bench. The Cavs have absolutely been on fire from behind the arc in the past two games and what makes it more impressive is that it's been a real team effort.

In ATS trends, the Cavs are 4-0 ATS in their last four Conference Semifinals games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Hawks are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games following a double-digit loss at home and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Head to head, the Cavs are 7-0 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Atlanta.

You really have to give Atlanta plenty of credit for the way they came out in Game 3 after getting blown out in Game 2, but it still wasn't enough to hold off the Cavs who simply can't miss from the three-point line these days. The Hawks will come out firing with their season on the line, but once again I don't think it will be enough to hold of the Cavs.

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