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Game 4- Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Time is starting to run out for the Atlanta Hawks in their quest for the NBA’s Eastern Conference

title after losing the first three games of its best-of-seven clash against the Cleveland Cavaliers

in the conference finals. These two will tee it up once again in Game 4 this Tuesday night with

BetAnySports listing the Hawks as 8.5-point road underdogs with a total line of 193.5.

The Hawks failed to cover as favorites at home in the first two games of this series, but as an

eight-point road underdog for Sunday’s Game 3 they hung tough in a 114-111 loss in overtime.

The total in that contest went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 190-point line after staying UNDER

in Atlanta’s previous four games. It is now 6-9 against the spread in 15 playoff games.

Jeff Teague led the Hawks in scoring in Sunday’s loss with 30 points and all five starters ended

the game in double figures, but the key to extending this series past Tuesday night probably lies

in Atlanta’s ability to contain Cleveland on the other end of the court. The Hawks finished the

regular season ranked fifth in the NBA in points allowed (97.1) and the loss in Game 3 was the

first time they allowed more than 100 points in their last five games.

The Cavaliers were concerned how they would hold up in this series with the loss of Kevin Love

for the season and with Kyrie Irving battling through multiple injuries to an ankle and leg. The

biggest member of this big three trio of players has been able to fill the void with LeBron James

averaging 27.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 8.4 assists through his first 13 playoff games. He

went off in Sunday’s win with a game-high 37 points while pulling down 18 rebounds and

dishing-out 13 assists. Cleveland has also gotten a strong effort from JR Smith off the bench in

this series. He scored 17 points with 10 rebounds in Sunday’s crucial win.

Betting on Cleveland in these playoffs has been a shaky proposition lately with a 4-5 record

against the spread in its last nine games after going 3-1 ATS in a four-game sweep of Boston in

the opening round. The total has now gone an even 4-4 in its last eight contests.

It would be hard to see Cleveland losing this game at home with all the momentum in the world

on its side, but my confidence level in the Cavs’ ability to cover BetAnySports’ 8.5-point line is

really not that high. Go with the UNDER 193.5 on the total line in this one as both teams get

back to playing defense on Tuesday night.

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