Sports Handicapping Game 2 Cavs-Hawks Bet Preview; Rangers-Lightning Odds Game 4

It is a big Memorial Day weekend in sports betting with Game 2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers-Atlanta Hawks NBA Eastern Conference finals, plus Game 4 of the NHL’s version between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning topping Friday night.

First, bettors’ eyes turn to the ice in the Deep South. Tampa is laying -135 at home with a total of 5. A slight majority of 51 percent of gamblers is anticipating on the Rangers to tie the series at 2-2. Thanks to a combined 19 goals the last two games, 12 by Tampa, 72 percent are venturing on the over. 

Now to the NBA, where the Atlanta Hawks are -2 to the Cavs with a total of 196. Sixty six percent of sports gamblers have invested on the Cavs, with 64 percent expecting the under. DeMarre Carroll is likely to play for Atlanta after suffering a knee injury in Game 1.

Here is the official betting preview of said game. Cleveland remains the top playoff team in terms of net rating at 9.0. Net rating is the difference between offensive and defensive ratings points per 100 possessions. Atlanta is still on the positive side but at 3.2. The Cavs are tops on offense getting 107.6 points per 100 possessions, while Atlanta achieves 101.6. The Hawks are the better defensive team, though by a narrow .2 margin.

Cleveland is ramping it up, covering their last two games by a combined 34 points against the spread. Though only 3-2-1 their last six, they are demonstrative of why pro gamblers do not blindly look at against the spread marks and must account for margin of cover (sweat barometer) as their margin of cover is still +7 in those six games.

Atlanta has gone under three straight by 17.66 points per game. Cleveland has gone under 7-of-10 by 7.85 points per game.

Spread trends (all records against the spread): Cleveland is just 3-9 with one day rest and 2-6 off spread win. Atlanta 25-12 to teams with a winning record.

Over/under angles: Cleveland has gone under 6-1 on the road while 6-of-8 in the series have gone over.

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