NBA odds are still stacked heavily against Atlanta, even as they host Cleveland in Game 3 of their second-round series on Saturday night. The Cavaliers are the sportsbook favorites, and the Hawks will just be aiming to put on a better show than they did in Cleveland.
Cavaliers vs Hawks odds – Saturday, May 9, 8:00 PM ET
Game 2 was over by halftime, as the Cavaliers were up by 24 at the half and cruised to a 105-85 victory at home. LeBron James led five Cleveland players in double figures with 27 points, while Wally Szczerbiak added 17 off the bench for the Cavaliers, who shot an outstanding 53.5% from the floor. This helped them overcome an uncharacteristic 17 turnovers, but they also outrebounded the Hawks 43-34.
Atlanta did themselves no favors by shooting 34.9% from the floor, and Maurice Evans led them with 16 points. Josh Smith had an awful night, shooting 2-of-13 en route to eight points, and more importantly, he had only one single rebound. Joe Johnson had 10 points, and it could be even worse as he landed on his right ankle in the third quarter and didn’t return. The Hawks were already hurting with injuries to Al Horford and Marvin Williams, and if their All-Star and best player can’t go on Saturday night, they probably don’t even need to play the final game of the series.
NBA odds have the Cavaliers favored by eight, and they won one of their two trips to Atlanta during the regular season. There is no one playing better in the NBA right now than the Cavs, powered by their MVP, James, and it seems like a different member of the supporting cast steps up in each game. The Hawks will have some confidence at home, where they have some of the loudest fans in the league, but they been bitten by the injury bug at a horrible time of the year, and they need all bodies at 110% to beat the Cavs, and even still, it would probably be close. Take Cleveland’s NBA odds on Saturday.