Spread Pick: Atlanta HawksHome with handicap -2 at 1.90
Over/Under: Over 197.0 at 1.90 Bet Now!
23/05/2015 01:30 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Atlanta Hawks
Game 2 of the Eastern Conference is looming and with the Cavs grabbing a great away win in Game 1, the pressure is on the Hawks to grab a win before they head off to Cleveland. Both teams will have a few injury concerns and knocks, and this is a series that could seem like the Walking Dead before it reaches its conclusion. Before we focus on this massive clash in Atlanta though, let’s catch up with things in the West.
In Game 2 of the Western Conference Final, the Warriors are now 2-0 up, but that is a bigger lead than the one they held at the final buzzer on Thursday night. This is because the Warriors snatched a 99-98 win over the Houston Rockets in a game that had plenty of drama and action. Stephen Curry offered up 33 points in the game and James Harden was on the ball in the closing seconds before losing it, crowded out by Curry and Klay Thompson. The Rockets were 17 points behind in the second quarter but they rallied strongly and Harden will no doubt be thinking about the shot that he just couldn’t get away. This series rolls on to Houston for Game 3.
Harden and Curry are on opposite sides in the series but they are both involved with the All-NBA First Team. Curry received 120 first-team votes, which was a unanimous call, which is the same number of votes offered up to LeBron James. Harden received 125 votes, while the team was rounded out with Anthony Davis from the Pelicans, who grabbed 119 votes, and Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies, who bagged 65 votes.
The All-NBA second team involves Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls) and DeMarcus Cousins(Sacramento Kings).
The All-NBA Third team involves Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan (both Los Angeles Clippers), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers).
|Tipster||Tip-off||Home Team||Away Team||O/U||Odds||Free Tip||Sportsbook|
|NBA tip locked in at 22/05 20:55 (Spread Result: 80-94, Totals: 176)|
|andrew||23/05 01:30||Atlanta HawksATL||Cleveland CavaliersCLE||197.0||1.90||Over 197.0|
|SPREAD||-2||+2||1.90||Atlanta HawksATL||Bet ►|
LeBron has a knock for Game 2 of this series
LeBron will be delighted to be in the first team for the All-NBA squads but there was a moment in Game 1 when a lot of people wondered if he would be in the team for the Cavs in Game 2. James was in serious pain as he rolled his ankle and there was a sharp intake of breath around the arena. LeBron got on with things though and he has promised to be ready to go on Friday night. The thing is though, there is clearly some underlying issue causing LeBron problems while Kyrie Irving went to the bench in Game 1 and didn’t return. The Cavs don’t have their troubles to seek heading into this one, but it is not as if the Hawks should expect an easy time. After all, DeMarre Carroll is a slight doubt for this game after he injured his left knee. If Carroll is unable to play, Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore are likely to be charged with the task of stopping LeBron!
When the games come so thick and fast, it is understandable that players will have knocks and will not be at their best. The fact that this applies to both teams should ensure that there is a levelling out of the impact, but tired legs and tired minds lead to mistakes. This means that the team that is able to minimise the mistakes that they make should be better positioned to take this game, and at this point in time, it is difficult to say how that will pan out. There is a considerable level of pressure on the Hawks in this game, and they cannot afford to be trailing 2-0 by the time they get to Cleveland. Some teams thrive on this pressure and stand up to the challenge but the Cavs know that going two up would provide them with some breathing space, which is often the most important attribute you can have at this point of the NBA season.
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The Hawks still hold a strong home record
The Cavaliers can be found at 62-31 this season, which includes a 27-20 record for the road and an 8-2 record in their last 10 games. The Hawks are currently 68-27 for the season, which includes a 40-8 record at home and a 6-4 record in their last 10 games.
With respect to average points for, the Cavaliers lead 102.7 to 102.1 while for average points conceded, the Hawks lead 96.9 to 97.9.
Taking the Hawks at -2, with a handicap of 1.90, is likely to be a decent bet for this game. If you are looking to get involved with the Over/Under market, go OVER 197.0 at odds of 1.90. the tightness of this game can be seen with the Money line bets which see the Hawks listed at 1.76 and the Cleveland Cavaliers listed at 2.10. Bet Now!