NBA Playoff Betting Preview Game 2 Miami Heat versus Atlanta Hawks
The Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks meet Wednesday at 8PM Eastern Time for Game 2 of their best of 7 NBA Playoff series. TNT will provide television coverage in this Eastern Conference quarterfinal game in Atlanta. The Hawks leads the series 1-0 off their 90-64 game 1 victory as a 4 ½ point closing line favorite. Following their opening game victory the Hawks are –270 favorites to win this NBA playoff series with the Miami Heat the underdog bringing back +210. LVSC has sent out the opening numbers for Game 2 and the home team Atlanta Hawks are a 5 point favorite with the over under coming in at 194. There has been some play on the underdog Heat as Atlanta is currently a 4-½ point favorite. The total has saw slight downward movement as the over under is currently lined at 183 ½.
The Atlanta Hawks displayed their tremendous home defense during game 1. The Heat only scored 21 points in the second half with only 7 coming in the final stanza. In our game 1 preview we revealed the Hawks tremendous 4th quarter defense this season and it was evident to a national audience on Sunday. The Heat shot only 36% from the field. Dwayne Wade finished with 19 points but the next highest scorer for Miami was Michael Beasley who finished with 10 on the night. The teams have played to some very low scoring games in their 5 meetings this season with neither team topping 100 points with the highest combined total being 174. The Hawks shot 46% from the field in game 1 and only 4-14 from the three-point line. The Hawks had very balanced scoring with 6 players in double figures. Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 23 points on 9-14 from the field. The Hawks had a decisive advantage on the boards in their first meeting in this playoff series as Atlanta had 50 rebounds to Miami’s 35.
Trend: The Under is 5-0 in 5 meetings this season.
The Wagerline consensus has 62% of the bettors on Atlanta –4 1/2
The Wagerline consensus has 57.1% of the bettors playing over 183 1/2