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NBA Playoff Game Preamble

NBA Playoff Game Preamble
Two more NBA playoff games are on tap for Friday night, both of which are Game 3 sparrings. We will see the Cleveland Cavaliers take their 2-0 lead to the Atlanta Hawks' floor, in addition to the 1-1 series battle between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. We preview you each game using TopBet's lines so you can make the best possible wager at the sportsbooks.

What Will Happen In The NBA Playoffs Tonight

By Dan Favale

Atlanta Hawks (+3) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (-3)

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Will the Atlanta Hawks save their season and win their first game of the series over the Cleveland Cavaliers? No. No, they will not.

The Hawks' defense has been uncharacteristically bad for most of Game 1 and all of Game 2. That should pick up. It's the offensive side of things that's more troubling. Al Horford looks completely out of sorts, and Jeff Teague cannot seem to do anything right. And with Kyle Korver caroming shot after shot off every which part of the rim, the Cavaliers defense has been able to double- and triple-team Paul Millsap.

That's left Dennis Schroder to be Atlanta's most consistent, reliable source of offensive production. And when that happens, you know you're in trouble. The Hawks need at least two, though probably three, of their four best players to get hot, otherwise they're kaput.

Even then, though, the Cavaliers look like too much for this team. Their defensive sets in the half court have been on point, and all of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith are basically shooting out of this world at the moment.

This clearly isn't a winnable series for the Hawks. And with that knowledge seeping in, it would be extremely irresponsible to then declare this a winnable game for them.

The Pick: Cavaliers (-3)

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (+2) vs. San Antonio Spurs (-2)

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Yes, the Oklahoma City Thunder are at home. Yes, they just beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 on their own turf. And yes, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook appear to have cracked San Antonio's defense to a small degree.

But the Spurs are still the Spurs. And with the way they came out in Game 2, slow and uninspired, the Thunder should be scared about what awaits them in Game 3. 

Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard won't miss most of their looks forever. The Spurs in general won't be coming up short on all of their jumpers. One of Danny Green and Patty Mills will get going. Their late-game execution won't entirely be mush, as it was in Game 2. Things are going to change for San Antonio—for the better. And that's for the worse of Oklahoma City.

The Thunder can still pull this one out and will probably keep it close. They have the raw offensive talent to do so. But an engaged Spurs team is one that can only be usurped by the Golden State Warriors. And the Thunder, even at home, are not the Warriors.

The Pick: Spurs (-2)

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