Atlanta vs Cleveland NBA Playoffs Game 2 Odds Preview

Atlanta vs Cleveland NBA Playoffs Game 2 Odds Preview

Written by on May 3, 2016

One of the most difficult things to maintain from season to season is a high level of consistency, which may help explain why we no longer see dynasties in professional sports. Last season, the Atlanta Hawks turned around things in a big way, going on to win the Eastern Conference in comfortable fashion. Their season ended last year with a 4-game sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Final. This regular season was not as impressive for the Hawks, but they are still back in the playoffs and one step away from another Conference Final appearance. The problem is that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the team in the way of the next round, and the Hawks seem to be a little over matched. The Cavaliers won the first game of the series in rather comfortable style, and will be looking to take a stranglehold on the series in Game 2 on Wednesday night. You can wager on that one by visiting the NBA betting lines page at

How To Bet The Hawks vs Cavaliers NBA Playoffs Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Wednesday, May 4 at 8 PM EST Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland TV: TNT Radio: Hawks and Cavaliers Live Stream: NBAonTNT NBA Odds: TBA

Why bet on the Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks are a far better team at home than they are on the road, and it was that home dominance that led them to an opening round win over the Boston Celtics. They were able to steal one on the road in Boston to close out the series, and they know that they are going to have to do the same thing in Cleveland if they are to advance. Atlanta were unable to get really close to the Cavs in Game 1, and always seemed to be playing catch-up. They need to come out in Game 2 and get the jump early, if only to throw Cleveland a little off balance. The Cavs are fragile on the road, and the Hawks must know that they can turn up the heat with a steal in Game 2.

Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers

This Cavaliers team looks very different from the one that showed up at times during the regular season. They look composed and totally in control, and have yet to drop a game. If you take last season’s playoffs into account, Cleveland has now won 7 straight versus the Hawks, which is a level of domination that you just can’t ignore when looking to place a wager. The biggest opposition for the Cavaliers in this series may well end up being themselves. They cannot get too comfortable, as that is when things seem to start to go south for this group. You really do get the sense that a win in Game 2 would be the beginning of the end of the Hawks challenge.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

No matter what the Hawks did in Game 1, they were never really able to get close enough to seriously put a scare into Cleveland. While I think things may be closer in Game 2, the end result will be the same. Atlanta Hawks 99 Cleveland Cavaliers 101
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