Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Hawks vs Cavaliers Lines
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(4-2) Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-0)
Round 2: Game 1
Date: Monday May 2
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue:Quicken Loans Arena
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Cleveland -8
NBA Betting Total: 200
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The Cleveland Cavaliers had very little problem closing out games in Round 1.
They’ll now get set for a rematch of last years Conference Finals as they welcome in the Atlanta Hawks starting on Monday night
The Hawks had to earn their Round 1 win.
They went to 6 games against the Celtics, but a win Game 5 to steal the series momentum, resulted in them going on the road in Game 6 and closing things out. Atlanta benefited from some Boston injuries, but ultimately it was their guard play that was too much for Boston.
The Hawks will look to rebound from a horrible showing last year against the Cavaliers.
Atlanta came in as the 1 seed and had homecourt as they had a franchise record of 60 wins in the regular season in 2015. The Hawks dropped all 4 games to Cleveland.
Kent Bazemore will be the biggest key. He will get the task of guarding Lebron James here in the series.
The Cavaliers will give the Hawks a completely different look here in 2016.
Last season, Kevin Love was out, Kyrie Irving was far from 100%, and even Lebron James was battling injuries. Still, the Cavaliers saw production from Matthew Dellavedova, who will still be a key in this series as he sees significant minutes behind Irving.
Cleveland absolutely dominated the Hawks this regular season too. They won all 3 meetings particularly thanks to Lebron James.
James averaged 27.3 points, 11 rebounds and 7.8 assists over that three game span. When James is playing at levels like that, it’s almost impossible to stop this Cavaliers team.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hawks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Hawks are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS win.
- Hawks are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games following a straight up win.
- Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 11-25-2 ATS in their last 38 Monday games.
- Cavaliers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Conference Semifinals games.
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
The spread is big for a Game 1 here.
Expect Cleveland to have a little rust here, as they’ve been off much longer thanks to their sweep.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Atlanta +8
The Hawks keep this one close, as they have a few chances to steal a win here down the stretch.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 102 – Atlanta 97
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