The Cavaliers routed the Hawks in Game 1 on Tuesday and most gamblers that look at basketball playoffs betting believe the same result will happen on Thursday.
2009 NBA Playoffs odds have the Cavaliers as a 12.5 point favorite against the Hawks on Thursday. Normally when gamblers look at 2009 NBA Playoffs odds they will want to examine the trends and find a reason to take one team or the other. When they look at basketball playoffs betting trends for this game it is hard to make a case for Atlanta. The Cavaliers just look too good for the Hawks. League MVP LeBron James had 34 points in Game 1 and the Cavaliers easily pulled away from the Hawks. Mo Williams added 21 points for Cleveland in the 99-72 victory. Cleveland is now the first team since 2004 to win its first five basketball playoffs betting games by double digits. Josh Smith scored 22 and Mike Bibby added 19 for an Atlanta team that looks overmatched.
2009 NBA Playoffs odds numbers really favor the Cavaliers in this series, especially at home. The only positive for the Hawks is that they are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 vs. the Central Division. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
The Cavaliers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games as 2009 NBA Playoffs odds numbers show. The Cavaliers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. 2009 NBA Playoffs odds stats tell us that the Cavaliers are 36-15 ATS in their last 51 home games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between Atlanta and Cleveland and the favorite is 17-8 ATS in the last 25 meetings. About the only negative for Cleveland in 2009 NBA Playoffs odds is that they are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. the Southeast Division.
Looking at the basketball playoffs betting total we see that the Under is 5-0 in the Hawks last 5 road games. The Over is 13-5-1 in the Hawks last 19 vs. the Central. The Under is 4-0 in the Cavaliers last 4 overall, 15-4 in the Cavaliers last 19 Conference Semifinals games, and 16-5-1 in the Cavaliers last 22 home games.
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