UNDER Hot When Cavs and Hawks Collide

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.

Shark Bites
  • 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.

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Bettors Beware: OKC are Awful as Dogs

The San Antonio Spurs rolled the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their second-round series to the tune of a 124-92 beat down, but the Thunder will be looking to even things up tonight in the Lone Star State. That loss saw a recurring trend resurface, as the Thunder are now 0-9 SU in their last nine games as underdogs.

Shark Bites
  • The Spurs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games after an ATS win.
  • The Thunder are 2-11-1 ATS in their last 14 games as an underdog of 8.0 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of the Spurs' last four games with one day off between games.

In fact, the three worst playoff losses of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s time together in OKC have all happened against San Antonio. LaMarcus Aldridge dominated the opposition in Game 1, scoring 38 points in less than 30 minutes of time on the floor.

San Antonio did a great job sharing the ball in the series opener, finishing with 39 assists while all but one of their players who received minutes had at least one (Andre Miller was the lone exception). The Spurs are 43-1 at home this saeason and 34-0 SU when Tim Duncan is in the lineup.

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Will the Raptors Finally Step Up?

The Toronto Raptors’ history of playoff failures could rear its ugly head once again on Sunday. Toronto, who hosts Indiana in Game 7 on Sunday, has exited the first-round in each of the last two playoffs and has not won a postseason series since 2001 - the only victory in franchise history.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
  • The UNDER is 7-1 in the Pacers last 8 overall.
  • The underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Toronto is the three-time reigning Atlantic Division champion, but they haven’t played like their normal selves in this series. The Raps have been extremely hot and cold, which is a metaphor for the up and down play of backcourt combo Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

Facing elimination, Indiana did not look afraid in Game 6 and blew out Toronto 101-83 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Paul George has stepped up his play in the series, averaging 27.5 points. DeRozan is at 15.8 - nearly eight below his season average - as he’s shot 32.1 percent from the field.

As a franchise, Toronto is 0-2 in Game 7s while the Pacers are 3-4 and most recently won on in the first-round against Atlanta in 2014.

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Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Betting Prediction and Odds

The Golden State Warriors will try to cover the point spread at Oracle Arena on Sunday when they get a visit from the Houston Rockets in NBA basketball betting action.

The Golden State Warriors sport a record of 77-10 and 47-37-3 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Houston Rockets sit at 42-45 and 37-49-1 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 46-40-1 for the Golden State Warriors and 48-39 for the Houston Rockets.

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Portland Trail Blazers Visit Los Angeles Clippers in NBA Clash – Betting Lines and Pick

Portland travels to Los Angeles on Sunday, hoping to boost its 48-40 mark with a victory over the Clippers.

The Los Angeles Clippers are 55-33 so far on the NBA season, and 43-43-2 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Portland Trail Blazers, meanwhile, are 48-40 and 47-41 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 36-50-2 and the Trail Blazers go 46-42 on the total.

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Thunder Cashing Tickets vs Spurs Lately

A pair of Western Conference heavyweights are set to collide on Saturday as Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs-Oklahoma City Thunder series tips off in the Lone Star State. At the betting window it’s OKC who has been the more profitable bet, as the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four against the Spurs.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
  • The UNDER is 4-0 in the Spurs last 4 home games.
  • The Thunder are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS loss.

AT&T Center has not been kind to the Thunder, however. Kevin Durant and company have an awful record against the Spurs in Texas, dropping six of their previous 30 at the stadium.

When the Thunder take the road, high-scoring games tend to follow. The total has gone OVER in six of the Thunder’s last seven games away from Oklahoma City.

This series is shaping up to be another clash of an elite offense against a top notch defense. The Thunder scored 112 points per game on 47.6 percent shooting against Dallas in the first round, while San Antonio held Memphis to 81 points per game on 39.4 percent shooting in a first-round sweep.

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Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Betting Pick and Odds

Boston pays a visit to Atlanta on Saturday, hoping to send the Hawks to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA betting action at Philips Arena.

Supporters of the Boston Celtics have seen them go 50-38 and 44-42-2 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Atlanta Hawks are at 52-36 and 44-42-2 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Hawks are 38-48-2, while the Boston Celtics are 40-47-1.

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San Antonio Spurs Hosting the Memphis Grizzlies Odds and Betting Pick

AT&T Center features an NBA battle between the host San Antonio Spurs and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies in basketball betting action on Saturday.

The San Antonio Spurs sport a record of 71-15 and 47-39 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Memphis Grizzlies sit at 42-44 and 41-42-3 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 36-48-2 for the San Antonio Spurs and 46-40 for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks in NBA Odds Tilt

Oklahoma City Thunder will look to improve on their 59-28 record on Saturday when they host Dallas Mavericks in NBA betting odds action at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are 59-28 so far on the NBA season, and 39-45-3 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Dallas Mavericks, meanwhile, are 43-44 and 46-39-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oklahoma City go 42-45 and the Mavericks go 42-44-1 on the total.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Home to Detroit Pistons in NBA Betting

The visiting Detroit Pistons hope to send their betting backers to the pay window to collect on their successful pick on Saturday as they look to cover the point spread at Quicken Loans Arena against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cleveland Cavaliers currently sport a record of 61-25, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 39-45-2 ATS. The Detroit Pistons are 44-42 and 44-39-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cavaliers post a 42-43-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Pistons have gone 42-41-3 against the total number of points scored.

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