NBA Betting Cavs vs Hawks Game 2: What Do the Numbers Tell Us From Game 1?

  • Updated: May 22, 2015
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    By Charles Jay

    What do the numbers tell us when we review them after a game? Well, sometimes they tell us whether a player is falling victim to a troublesome matchup, especially if they are taking a lot of bad shots. That may also tip us off on who NOT to look for as a big factor in the next game, because of the level of inconsistency that is usually associated with them. We’ll see how some of the numbers from Game 1 play out as the Atlanta Hawks square off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA betting action that is set for 8:30 PM on Friday at the Phillips Arena. Chinese Bookie customers can not only follow the game as it progresses on TNT, but can also wager on various props and game odds along the way with Live Betting Extra.

    NBA Betting Cavs vs Hawks:

    Here are some more numbers for you – the odds that are posted on the game at Chinese Bookie:

    Atlanta Hawks -1.5
    Cleveland Cavaliers +1.5

    Over 197 points -110
    Under 197 points -110

    Cleveland won the first game by a 97-89 score, and that brought their record to 5-13 ATS as an underdog. It was also the seventh “under” they have played in the last ten games. Atlanta shot 44.2% for the game, and that was the first time in the last five contests that the Cavs have allowed a team to shoot better than 40%.

    But Cleveland did its job out on the deep perimeter, holding the Hawks, a team that shot 38% from beyond the arc during the regular season, to just 17.4% (4 for 23). What this meant was that they were 30 of 54 (55.6%) on two-pointers.


    Jeff Teague, who is the playmaker and trigger man for the Atlanta attack, took way too many shots in Game 1, if we are to operate on the assumption that the Hawks really want even distribution. Teague had 24 attempts, which were 31% of Atlanta’s total, which was actually a slightly higher percentage of shots for his team than LeBron James took for the Cavaliers.

    People off the bench that both teams want to depend on were disappointing, to say the least. Chinese Bookie customers have heard Dennis Schroder of the Hawks compared to Rajon Rondo pretty often, and he is a slick ball-handler. But he was way off the mark, hitting just two out of ten shots. Matthew Dellavedova was a big hero for the Cavs in the closeout game against Chicago, as he led all Cleveland scorers with 19 points. But he had no impact in Game 1 on Wednesday, missing all six shots he took from the field.

    In fact, all 28 of Cleveland’s bench points were scored by JR Smith, the former Sixth Man of the Year winner who hit eight of his 12 triple attempts and also provided eight defensive rebounds, which was a pleasant surprise. As far as unpleasant surprises are concerned, Kyle Korver, who led the league in three-point percentage (49%) may two of four triples but is still just 36% during the playoffs. That is a number that could continue to make things rough for the Hawks.

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