Sunday, May 8, 2016
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The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Philips Arena to play the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, May 8, 2016. The Cavs lead the series 3-0. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 202.
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The Cavaliers had a regular season record of 57-25 and a road record of 24-17. They were 1st in the Central Division. They had a point differential of 6 as they averaged 104.3 points per game while giving up 98.3 per contest. Cleveland was 8-8 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 35-17. The Hawks had a regular season record of 48-34 and a home record of 27-14. They were 2nd in the Southeast Division. They averaged 102.8 points per game and surrendered 99.2, good for a point differential of 3.6. Atlanta had a division record of 8-8 and a conference record of 29-23.
LeBron James comes into this contest after averaging 25.3 points per game while playing 35.6 minutes per night this season for the Cavaliers. He pulled down 7.4 rebounds per game and dished out 6.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 52% while his free throw percentage was at 73%. Kevin Love averaged 16 points per game in 31.5 minutes per contest this season. He averaged 2.4 assists per contest and 9.9 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage was 42% for the year while his free throw percentage was 82%.
Jeff Teague averaged 15.7 points per game while playing 28.5 minutes per contest this year for the Hawks. He grabbed 2.7 rebounds per game and had 5.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage was 44% and his free throw percentage was at 84%. Paul Millsap averaged 17.1 points per game this season and he saw the court an average of 32.7 minutes per contest. He also averaged 9 rebounds per contest and 3.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 47% and his free throw percentage was 76%.
Cleveland averaged 104.5 points per contest this season which ranked them 7th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was 6.4 and their shooting percentage was 46% as a team which had them ranked 10th. Behind the arc they shot 37% which was good for 4th in the league. They averaged 52.6 rebounds per game and 22.8 assists per game which ranked them 12th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 6th with 13.2 per game. The Cavaliers allowed 98.1 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 5th in the league. They also allowed a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 14th and 13th in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 49.2 rebounds a game which ranked 6th and they gave up 21.4 assists per contest which put them in 9th place in the league. They forced 13.2 turnovers per game which ranked them 23rd in the league.
Atlanta averaged 102.5 points per game this year which ranked them 12th in the league. Their average scoring margin was 3.3 and their shooting percentage was 45% as a team which had them sitting in the 12th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 35% which was good for 18th in the NBA. They averaged 49.9 rebounds per game and 25.3 assists per contest which ranked them 26th and 2nd respectively. In the turnover department the Hawks ranked 21st with 14.9 per game. The Hawks allowed 99.2 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 6th in the league. They also allowed a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 6th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 55.3 rebounds a game which ranked 27th and they gave up 22.1 assists per contest which put them in 16th place in the league. The Hawks forced 15.9 turnovers per game which ranked them 6th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers averaged 102 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 109 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of 3.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 12.7 per contest. The Cavaliers had an offensive rating of 110.9 and a defensive rating of 104.5. In terms of pace they averaged 93.3 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 52%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shot 3 pointers on 35% of their shots. Cleveland turned the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions and they forced 12.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 50%.
The Hawks scored 103.4 ppg at home and they have averaged 98.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -8 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they had a difference of 6.5 points per game. The Hawks rating on offense was 105.1 and they had a defensive rating of 101.4. They had 97.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempted 3 pointers on 34% of their shot attempts. Atlanta turned the ball over on 13.8 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 14.4 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 48%.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers were 37-43-2 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers were 41-41-0 against the over/under
Atlanta Hawks Betting Trends
The Atlanta Hawks were 41-39-2 against the spread
The Atlanta Hawks were 38-43-1 against the over/under
Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Atlanta Hawks Injuries
05/06/16 PG Jeff Teague Possible Suspension "?" Sunday vs. Cleveland
02/17/16 F Tiago Splitter Hip out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Cleveland
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