NBA Betting Preview: Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Game 1 Odds, Analysis

May 2nd, 2016 by Leave a reply »
The Atlanta Hawks were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the top seed in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals.

The fourth-seeded Hawks will now look to return the favor when they meet the top-seeded Cavaliers in Game 1 of their second-round series Monday as consensus 7.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.

Atlanta has lost seven straight meetings with Cleveland straight up to go along with a 1-6 mark against the spread, according to the Odds Shark NBA database. The closest game between the teams this season was a 110-108 overtime victory for the Cavs as 2.5-point road underdogs on April 1.

LeBron James scored a game-high 29 points to help Cleveland pull off the win that night after blowing a 21-point lead in the first half.

The Hawks would like to believe they peaked too early last season, which is why they did not make it to the NBA Finals. The more believable reason is obviously James, who averaged 27.3 points on 57.9 percent shooting from the field, 11.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists in the three regular-season meetings.

He averaged 30.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 9.3 assists against Atlanta in th ...

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