NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 – Cavs vs HawksPublished May 24, 2015 by Sol FH
Can the Hawks hold on with Korver out? Find out tonight at 1:30 (GMT).
The Cleveland Cavaliers are making a statement in the Eastern Conference Finals and now up 2-0, they have a serious advantage heading to Cleveland tonight.
The Cavs won Game 2 94-82 in Atlanta and have taken the Hawks to the brink of 2015 Playoff extinction. Kyle Korver suffered a season ending ankle sprain in the third quarter of Friday Night’s loss, putting even more strain on the Hawks lineup. Cleveland have been able to find a way to win even with the injuries plaguing their team, with LeBron James yet again showing that he is the best player on the court leading all scorers with 30 points.
Making tonight’s game even more of an uphill battle for the Hawks is that Kyrie Irving may be back, even if limited. Irving worked out prior to Game 2 but as Cavs Coach David Blatt related, “If he's able to play, then he'll play. He is a big part of the team, and this series is not finished. But if he's not able to play, he won't. That's the determining factor."
The Hawks were the East’s top seed heading into the Conference Finals, but the opinion of critics has changed to the likelihood of a series sweep. The Cavs at home are a seemingly unstoppable force. DeMarre Carroll has been unable to stop James from lighting up the scoreboard, watching him go one rebound short of a triple-double on Friday Night.
"There's no doubt we have to do a better job defending him, both individually and as a team," Coach Budenholzer said. "We've got to do a better job taking away the passing lanes, a better job arriving on the pass and a better job contesting shots.
Odds and Betting Markets
The Hawks are severe underdogs for tonight’s game and now without their best three-point shooter, online sportsbooks like bet365 have Atlanta listed at 4.75. Cleveland are at 1.20 on the Money Line and are on the Under of 190.0 at 1.90. bet365 Sports has a ton of online gambling props to choose from and punters may find the Winning Margin lines most attractive. For a 1-2 point win for the Cavs the odds are 12.00, whereas a 3-6 point victory is 5.50.