May 26, 2015 at 10:24 AM #55829Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
NBA Predictions: Hawks vs. Cavaliers Picks
NBA betting action sees the Atlanta Hawks taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides free NBA handicapping tips all season long.
The Cavaliers needed everybody to contribute a little bit in their Game 3 come from behind win. Now, they’ll look to bring out the brooms and sweep the Atlanta Hawks in Cleveland on Tuesday night and clinch a spot in the NBA Finals. The Hawks will have to use the cliche “one game at a time” as they try to start the comeback off by sending the series back to Atlanta and force a Game 5.
Atlanta Hawks (68-29) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (64-31)
Tuesday, May 26
8:30 PM ET
Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)
NBA Betting Lines: Cleveland -7.5
NBA O/U: 194
(1) Atlanta Hawks vs. (2) Cleveland Cavaliers
The number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference is just 1 defeat away from being sent back home for good. Atlanta will try to avoid the sweep and force another game in this series after they failed to steal Game 3 in Cleveland. Atlanta led for a majority of the first half, but after Al Horford was ejected, Jeff Teague could only do so much to carry the load.
Teague dropped in 30 points and dished out 7 assists in the Game 3 loss. He hit a clutch 3 pointer as regulation was winding down, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Lebron James.
James responded with a clutch 3 pointer of his own as regulation was winding down and finished the game with a triple-double as he went for 37 points, 18 rebounds, and 13 assists in the win. James’ feat was even more impressive as he missed his first 10 shots of the game.
Hawks C Al Horford was ejected late in the 2nd quarter as he elbowed Cavs PG Matthew Dellavedova. Upon referee review, it was determined the elbow was intentional, which it clearly was, and Horford was sent off. Horford had gone for 14 points already in the game, but the Hawks inside was completely eliminated following the ejection.
Matthew Dellavedova came out firing as he was starting in place for the injured Kyrie Irving. Dellavedova scored 17 points and shot 4 of 9 from behind the arc in the Cavs win. To the crowd chants of “Delly! Delly!” the PG caused havoc on the defense end and frustrated the Hawks.
People, including the Hawks, were questioning the way Dellavedova plays the game and Lebron James was quick to dismiss all of the haters. He told reporters at the podium that Delly plays hard every single game and that he doesn’t deserve the bad rep people are trying to give him.
With a win on Tuesday, Lebron James will be playing in his 5th straight NBA Finals.
NBA Handicapping Trends:
- Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.
- Hawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest.
Free 4* NBA Pick: Atlanta +7.5
The Hawks are going to come out leaving nothing on the floor as they hope to avoid eliminate. They’ll keep this game close, but after it’s all said and done, they’ll be eliminated on Tuesday.
Cleveland 103, Atlanta 100
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