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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 5/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (68-28) at Cleveland Cavaliers (63-31)
Date & Time Sunday May 24, 2015, 8:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -9 -- Over/Under: 190
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks battle in a pivotal Game 3 at the Quicken Loans Arena tonight.

The Cavaliers will be looking to take a commanding 3-0 series lead tonight after dominating the Hawks in a 94-82 rout in Game 2. Iman Shumpert made four threes en route to 16 points while Matthew Dellavedova stepped in for the injured Kyrie Irving and added 11 points, but this game was all about LeBron James and Tristan Thompson. James put up one of the most dominant, methodical and complete performances I've seen in a playoffs in a long time, pouring in 30 points with nine rebounds and 11 assists while Thompson dominated the paint with seven points, 16 rebounds and a couple of blocks against the Hawks frontcourt. Three-point shooting was the key to the big win in Game 1 and it was certainly on display again as the Cavs made 12 of 30 from beyond the arc.

As for the Hawks, Al Horford, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver all finished the game with 12 points each but someone needed to put up a big performance of at least 25 points to keep up with the Cavs, especially in the third quarter where the Hawks were outscored 30-17. Plain and simple, the Hawks just couldn't move the ball on offense and it left them playing way too much isolation basketball which played right into the Cavaliers' gameplan. In the blink of an eye, the Hawks found themselves down by double digits in the third quarter and then things just went from bad to worse as players started leaving the court with injuries. In fact, Korver suffered a severe ankle sprain and has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

In ATS trends, the Hawks are 6-0 ATS in their last six games following a double digit loss at home and 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall, while the Cavs are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on one days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 10 points.

Head to head, the Hawks are 7-3 ATS in the lsat 10 meetings in Cleveland and the over is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings overall.

Falling behind 3-0 in the series is a hole the Hawks don't want to fall into so you'd expect them to come out with guns blazing in Game 3. However, LeBron just reminded everyone how good he is and I don't see anything other than a double digit win at home for the Cavs against an injured Hawks outfit.

Cleveland -9
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