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Cavs Continue to Own Hawks in Playoffs

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Atlanta Hawks NBA Playoffs

Even though the Golden State Warriors are getting things done without the services of all-world Stephen Curry, perhaps no team has looked as impressive in the 2016 NBA Playoffs as the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James and Co. will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead as their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with the Atlanta Hawks continues with Game 3 in Georgia Friday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavs are 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three road games versus the Hawks.
  • The Cavs are 13-1 SU in their last 14 games with one day off between games.
  • The Hawks are 0-5 SU and ATS in their last five games as dogs of 3.0 or more.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Cavs as 3.5-point road favorites while the total is tabbed at 199 with both sides currently priced at -110.

Calling the Cavs’ shooting in Game 2 “hot” would be an understatement of epic proportions. Cleveland was ruthless in Game 2, hitting an NBA-record 25 three pointers on just 45 attempts (55.6 percent) as they crushed the Hawks 123-98 and moved to 2-0 both straight up and against the spread in the series. In fact, so good from downtown are the Cavs that they are now 40 of 76 from beyond the arc through the opening two games.

But this type of dominance is nothing foreign when the Cavs and Hawks tangle in the postseason. The two Eastern Conference foes have met for three series in their history and the Cavs have won all 10 contests.

That control translates to the betting window as well as Cleveland has gone an amazing 8-1-1 against the spread in those previous 10 playoff games versus Atlanta.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Cleveland Cavaliers betting line opened this morning as -3-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 200 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 107-98 win for the Cavaliers on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 41-45-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Atlanta Hawks are 44-44-2 ATS. Cleveland is 43-44-1 against the points scored total betting line, while Atlanta is 39-49-2 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Atlanta vs Cleveland injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 7-rated Atlanta Hawks and the No. 4-rated Cavaliers in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers rank No. 11 in the league with 44.33 per game. That compares with Atlanta's No. 23 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Atlanta is the NBA's No. 6-ranked team at 9.96 per game, while the Cleveland Cavaliers rate No. 2 with 11.1 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap


Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
  • Atlanta is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
  • Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Atlanta, Sunday, May 8th