The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks know each other very well, but last year’s Eastern Conference Finals series was far from a competitive one. LeBron James and company completely dominated the Hawks en route to a four-game sweep to advance to the NBA Finals. They’ll clash once again tonight when the second-round gets underway out East.
- The Hawks are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games after a win.
- The total has gone UNDER in five of the Cavaliers' last seven games after an ATS loss.
- The Cavaliers are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite of 7.5 or more.
James overwhelmed the Hawks in that series, averaging nearly a triple-double (30.3 points, 11 rebounds and 9.3 assists) in the four games, the highest statistical line in postseason history. Cleveland will be well-rested, coming off a weeklong break following a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons.
If there’s one big change about the Hawks this season, it’s been on defense. Atlanta held opponents to a league-low 43 percent field goal percentage and 99.2 points per game.
Cleveland’s dominance of Atlanta goes back much further, though. The Cavs have won seven straight against the Hawks. The UNDER is a hot bet when these teams collide, evidenced by seven of the last eight matchups between the sides going UNDER the closing total.