Atlanta must face league's best sans Korver

Atlanta must face league's best sans Korver

Cleveland is the NBA’s last remaining undefeated team at 6-0. That’sparticularly bad news for an Atlanta group still trying to integrate a decent number of new parts.

The two Eastern Conference rivals meet tonight, with a 7 p.m. ET tip at Quicken Loans Arena. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives Tyronn Lue’s crew odds of -360 to take care of business at home. The Hawks, on the other hand, represent +280 underdogs.

Bet on the Action

On Friday, the Cavaliers survived a scare at Philadelphia. LeBron James’ all-around brilliance helped offset Kyrie Irving’s 3-of-17 shooting in a 102-101 victory. The four-time MVP’s averaging 22.8 points, 10.7 assists and 8.8 rebounds in 2016-17.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer once again finds himself relying on contributions from everyone on the roster. It’s a new-look bunch, however, with Dwight Howard and Dennis Schroder replacing Al Horford and Jeff Teague in the starting lineup. Old reliables Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap do remain on the scene, even though the former’s expected to miss this evening’s tilt following the birth of his son over the weekend.

NBA Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

Frankly, Korver’s absence could be just the ticket for the Cavs’ second double-digit triumph of the campaign. If J.R. Smith’s not busy hounding Atlanta’s (4-2) premier gunner, he should possess that much more energy on offensive end. Bank on Cleveland to capture yet another win in the series.

 

TUESDAY NBA FREE PICK: CAVALIERS -8

Loading...

NBA Headlines

NBA Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Celtics vs. Heat Game 3 Prediction The Miami Heat will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Boston Celtics tonight when the two teams meet in Game 3 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference...
Thumbnail Nuggets vs. Lakers Game 1 Prediction Following their upset series win over the Clippers, the Nuggets will attempt the same feat against the NBA’s predominant L.A. team, the Lakers, in the Western...
Thumbnail Heat vs. Celtics Game 2 Prediction Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place tonight in Orlando where the Celtics will look to even their series versus the Heat at 7:00 p.m. ET. Listed...
Thumbnail Nuggets vs. Clippers Game 7 Prediction Not many NBA pundits thought that the Nuggets-Clippers Eastern Conference semifinals series would be this competitive but here we are, with Tuesday night being...
Thumbnail Heat vs. Celtics Game 1 Prediction Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals starts Tuesday night in the NBA bubble as the Heat take on the Celtics at 6:40 p.m. ET. With the Celtics listed as a small...