Heat Bidding for 2-0 Series Lead
In Game 1 of the Atlanta Hawks-Miami Heat playoffs series, the visitors were clearly gassed from battling two tough teams in the play-in tournament just to sneak into the playoffs.
The Hawks were bashed by the Miami Heat, losing 115-91 in a game that wasn’t really competitive in the second half. Atlanta is hoping that Miami isn’t able to keep up its 52 percent shooting from the field in Tuesday’s Game 2.
That being said, the Heat should be feeling confident heading into the game with home-court advantage. Can Atlanta even up the series or will Miami take the commanding 2-0 lead? Let’s take a closer look at this NBA game betting preview.
All Hands on Deck for Hawks
The absence of Clint Capela in Game 1 was clearly felt throughout the roster. While he might not get all the headlines, his PER is actually 22nd in the NBA among all players, so he has a sizable impact on the game.
The Hawks did get to see John Collins hit the floor again, even though he only played about 20 minutes. However, it isn’t defense that this team should really be worried about right now.
Having leading scorer Trae Young get completely shut down should be a definite worry for them. Even though he is one of the best pure scorers in the game, shooting 1 of 12 from the field and missing seven straight 3-point attempts isn’t the recipe for success.
At the end of the day, Atlanta isn’t going to be competitive in this series if Young doesn’t get going. There have to be some changes to their offensive game plan to get him open more often.
Heat on Fire
Depth, shooting and veteran leadership are all things that this Heat squad have right now. If you bet online, that’s what you’re banking on to continue for this team.
In Game 1, Duncan Robinson knocked down eight 3-pointers with P.J. Tucker banking in on three of his own. Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler kept the team flowing on both ends of the court and Bam Adebayo locked it down in the paint defensively.
We haven’t even mentioned their depth. Players like Tyler Herro, Robinson, Gabe Vincent and even Dewayne Dedmon all come off the bench and can light it up any night.
No. 1 seed Miami is a serious contender for the NBA championship this season and given how the Heat played in Game 1, it’s easy to see why.
Hawks vs Heat Head-to-Head
The Heat won the regular-season series against the Hawks 3-1.
Hawks vs Heat Game Information
- Game: Hawks (43-39) vs Heat (53-29)
- Location: FTX Arena, Miami, FL
- Day/Time: Tuesday, April 19th. 7:30 p.m. ET
- Hawks vs Heat Live stream: NBA Game Pass
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Hawks vs Heat Betting Lines
Hawks vs Heat Prediction
Game 2 is likely to be a whole lot closer than Game 1. A 7½-point spread in the sportsbook is hard to cover, but Atlanta shouldn’t play this poorly again.
At the end of the day, Miami seems far better from top to bottom and has beaten the Hawks four out of the five times this season.
Everything is pointing to Miami to win this series and Tuesday’s game, but it is likely to fall within the spread this time around.
Young won’t be shooting that poorly from the field and Miami won’t be as accurate from deep. Expect Miami to win but take the Hawks with your NBA picks.