The Cleveland Cavaliers will be trying to take a 2-0 lead when they face the Atlanta Hawks in the second game of their second round playoff series on Wednesday. The game will be played at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, and is scheduled to begin at 8 PM. ET.
In the first game of the series, the Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead and looked like they were in charge of the game. At one point, the Cavaliers had an 18 point lead, but the Hawks showed some fight in the second half and played their way back into the game. The Hawks erased the deficit and took a one point lead late in the 4 th quarter, but Cleveland, led by LeBron James made a comeback of their own and won the game 104-93.
With the win, the Cavaliers extended their playoff win streak over the Atlanta Hawks, who they swept in the playoffs last year, to nine games.
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James, who led Cleveland with 25 points, also had 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and 5 steals to complete a well-rounded game. He also hit a 3-pointer late in the 4 th quarter to give the Cavaliers the lead down the stretch.
Kyrie Irvin chipped in 21 points and 8 assists, while Kevin Love, who missed the series due to injury last year, added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Hawks had hoped things would be different this year, but they dug themselves into a hole early in the game, which made it more difficult for them to pull off the win.
While leading scorers Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, they still played a huge role for the Hawks and both recorded double doubles in the game.
Millsap finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks, while Bazemore finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Dennis Schroder had a career night off the bench and finished with 27 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds.
Going into game 2, the Hawks have to be pleased with the fact that they didn’t give up when they were down and played their way back in the game. However, to be successful in game 2, they can’t afford to fall behind by a big margin or else they will be facing a 0-2 deficit, putting themselves in a tough spot.
The Cavaliers were happy to have been able to hold on to the win, but they can’t be happy about letting the Hawks back into a game they were getting blown out of. The team will also be hoping that Kevin Love shoots the ball better than he did in the first game, which will make life much easier for the Cavs.
Cavs vs Hawks Game 2 Odds
Bovada.lv has the Cavaliers favored to win this game by 7 points. The over/under on total points scored is 198. Here’s a full Bovada review. The Bovada sportsbook has recent joined the ranks of other bitcoin casinos by accepting the digital currency at the site.
The Hawks gave a great effort in game 1, but the Cavs seem to have their number so I’m going with Cleveland to cover the spread and win.
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