Cleveland Vs Atlanta NBA Playoff Series Expert PickJosh Bailey
The number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers, open the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, May 2 at 7:00 pm ET. The Cavs swept the Detroit Pistons 4 to 0 in round 1. Atlanta beat the Boston Celtics 4 to 2 in their first round series. Cleveland is the higher seed and will have home court advantage throughout.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 1, 2016
A Closer Look At My Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Atlanta Hawks NBA Playoff Series Expert Pick
The Cavaliers didn’t play all that well against the spread in Round 1. Although Cleveland never looked to be in danger of losing a game to Detroit, they only went 2 and 2 ATS in the 4 games. The Cavs are .500 against the spread in their last 10 games. Atlanta did drop 2 games to Boston. But the Hawks are on a sort of mini-roll going 2 and 0 straight up and ATS in the final 2 games of the first round against the Celtics. Atlanta is 5 and 5 ATS in their last 10 games.
Why Bet The Cleveland Cavaliers To Win NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Semifinals
The Cavaliers went 3 and 0 both straight up and against the spread versus the Atlanta Hawks during the regular season. On Nov. 21, 2015. Cleveland beat Atlanta 109 to 97. On April 1 this year, the Cavs beat the Hawks 110 to 108 in overtime as a +2.5 point road dog. Then, on April 11, Cleveland blitzed Atlanta 109 to 94. In a 7-game series, it sure looks like the Cavaliers have the edge.
Why Bet The Atlanta Hawks To Win NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Semifinals
Atlanta really turned it on in the final 2 games against Boston in Round 1. The Hawks hadn’t been playing all that well but their defense kicked it into gear in both Game 5 in Atlanta and in Game 6 in Boston. The Hawks held the Celtics to 83 points in a 100 to 83 win on April 26. They dominated Boston 104 to 92 on the road on April 28 as a 3 point favorite. If Atlanta has their defense working, they’ll have a shot to win the series.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
It’s just difficult to see, outside of an injury to one of their Big 3, the Cleveland Cavaliers not beating the Atlanta Hawks in a 7 game series. Cleveland has way too many scorers for the Hawks to deal with.
Atlanta’s defense is good, but the Hawks only had to deal with Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas in Round 1. In Round 2, they have to deal with LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith and Matthew Dellavedova. Even Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson can get into the scoring act when needed.
That’s just too much firepower for Atlanta’s defense to shut down in a series. I think that the Hawks play well enough to win 2 games. But in Game 6, LeBron and Co. should roll to a second round NBA Playoff series win.