The Cleveland Cavaliers are hitting the road in Game 1 of the Eastern conference finals to meet the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA pro basketball playoff slated for Wednesday May 20th.
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Tip time from Atlanta is scheduled for 8:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT TV.
The Game 1 betting odds have the home team Atlanta Hawks the -1 point favorite with the over under line of 197 points.
The teams met four times during the regular season with Atlanta winning three of the four games. In the two games held in Atlanta it was the Hawks with 106-97 and 109-101 home victories.
Cleveland advances in the Eastern conference finals following the 94-73 road victory in Game 6 on Thursday to the Chicago Bulls as a +2 ½ point betting underdog. The total went under 192 ½ points.
After falling behind 2-1 in the series the Cavaliers closed with three straight wins. They shot 41% from the field with 12 of 27 from three point range. LeBron James led the starters with 15 points and 11 assists hitting on 7 of 23 shots. Cavaliers crushed the Bulls on the glass by a 53-32 rebounding margin. The Cavs benched had 41 points with Matthew Dellavedova with 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting. Cleveland held Chicago to just 37% shooting with 4 of 20 coming from beyond the arc.
Atlanta moves past the Eastern conference semifinals with the 94-91 road victory in Game 6 on Friday to the Washington Wizards as a +2 ½ point betting underdog. The total went under 197 points.
They too overcame a 2-1 series deficit with three straight wins to advance on. The Hawks shot 43% from the field with 8 of 27 from three. DeMarre Carroll had 25 points and ten rebounds hitting on 9 of 14 shots. They survived eight fewer rebounds and three more turnovers than the Wizards. Atlanta won with defense by holding Washington to 36% shooting with 4 of 18 three pointers.
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