Eastern Conference Finals: Hawks vs. Cavaliers Game 1
May 20, 2015 in Sports News
Will the Hawks have what it takes to start this series properly or will they fail to the unsurmountable experience from the Cavaliers roster with over 803 games under their belt and with the return of Lebron James last summer to his career starting team, and his mission to lead them to their first championship.
The Atlanta team is now in the position to answer the questions regarding their decent playoff experience but compared to their counterpart, a small amount, throughout their struggle against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round and similar circumstances against the Wizards, although coming from a shaky road to the Finals, the Hawks might be able to prove they still have the spark seen before in their 19 game winning-streak, they have solid players after all with guys like Kendrick Perkins,
Shawn Marion, and Mike Miller, players that will surely make an impact, and lets not forget Al Horford, power forward Paul Millsap and the powerhouse DeMarre Carroll, who will gladly take the primary defense position against LeBron, additionally we might witness the end of Korver’s slump from the three-pointer line.
At the beginning of the season, Lebron had his doubts about winning a championship with the Cavaliers, now a completely different team that has breezed through solid contenders, dispatching the Boston Celtics in four games after losing Kevin Love to a dislocated shoulder, they took down the Bulls in six games, enter Tristan Thompson in game 2 against the Chicago team filling the Love void, and Iman Shumpert in place of Smith. and the addition of Timofey Mozgov the best rim defender of the NBA, Kyrie Irving with a five day rest is listed as probable for the game and definitely influence the outcome of the game.
The Cavaliers helmed by the best player of the NBA Lebron James are the favorite pick for the playoffs and with only eight wins away from winning the championship, they are likely to return home with the title, although for this first game we will see a lot of -feel out- attitude from both teams.
Game 1 line and pick: Hawks are favorite -1, and 198½ for total, both teams heavy on defense will stay close for most of the game, it will surely come down to the very last minutes of the game, staying under the total, and a win for the Hawks.