Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball Point Spread news and notes. NBA Playoff Premium 500-star Picks are winning at a 68.8% rate and will continue through the NBA Finals in June of 2016. The (52-37) and number four seed Atlanta Hawks of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division will be in the Northeast section of the “BUCKEYE STATE” for game two of the Eastern Conference semifinals series. Atlanta will take on the (62-25) and one-seed Cleveland Cavaliers of the Eastern Conference Central in 2016 NBA Playoff action. Tip-off is 8:00 PM EST on the TNT Network. The game is on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The teams will play at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The best Sports Handicapper believes the Atlanta Hawks will compete better than they did in the 2015 playoffs vs. Cleveland. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the only team in the 2016 postseason without a loss. The Opening Betting line has Atlanta as a seven-point Road Underdog Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 198 for Wednesday’s game.
The 2016 Atlanta Hawks took care of the Boston Celtics in six games to get to this point of the playoffs. Atlanta got swept by the Cavaliers in the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals as the one-seed. The Hawks fell behind early in game one of the series Monday Night. The Hawks tied the game in the fourth quarter before losing 104-93. Atlanta Point Guard Jeff Teague got benched for backup Dennis Schroder down the stretch. The German native scored a playoff career high 27-points in the loss. Schroder was ineffective late in the fourth quarter. Teague should have been in the game. Sharp Shooter Kyle Korver attempted only one three points shot in thirty-seven minutes of action. Head Coach Mike Budenholzer was impressed with the Hawks overall play, except the last three minutes of the game. The key to an Atlanta victory is game two is to play better down the stretch. The Atlanta Hawks are listed at 15/1 to win the Eastern Conference title.
The Cleveland Cavalier have won their last eight vs. Atlanta, dating back to the 2016 Playoffs. Clearly the Cavaliers have the Hawks number. 2016 is the year LeBron James may be able to deliver on his promise to the City of Cleveland. The “MEGA STAR” wants an NBA World Championship trophy in the team’s facility. The unsung hero in game one is J.R. Smith, who was on Kyle Korver like a blanket. Korver scored just three points, all on free throws. If Smith concentrates of defense the Cavaliers will be a tough out for any team. Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue expects the same effort Wednesday Night, taking a 2-0 lead back to Atlanta. Cleveland outscored Atlanta 17-5 down the stretch in game one. James was his usual self-distributing the ball in clutch situations as well as going strong to the basket. Forward Kevin Love is alway looking for his shot and has the “GREEN LIGHT” from any spot on the floor. The key to a Cleveland win is to keep playing tight defense. The Cleveland Cavaliers are listed at 18/5 to win the 2016 NBA Championship.
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