With their backs against the wall, and after three sub par efforts, I believe the Hawks will play their best game of this series as they catch what I believe will be a somewhat complacent Magic team that will look to wrap things up in Game 5 on their home floor:
Orlando has man-handled the Hawks and hasn’t lost a game in over a month; I expect a letdown here though against a determined, talented, and desperate Atlanta team.
Interestingly, Orlando is in fact a poor 4-6 ATS this year in road games where the total is between 190 and 194 1/2.
On the other side of the court: Poor road team; great home team.
Atlanta has once again run into a wall in the second round though.
When this series started, I believed the Hawks would get at least one game, so am as surprised as many of the Atlanta players are themselves about being down 3-0; “The chemistry, it’s OK,” Al Horford said. “At times, it can be really good. Other times, not so good. There are ups and down. We have a lot of good guys on the team. We mesh to a certain extent. I just think sometimes, when things don’t go our way, everybody seems to crawl into their own little hole.”
And although it might lose again tonight, I expect Atlanta to play with some pride and keep this one close down the stretch.
Don’t forget as well, that the Hawks have excelled in this spot all year; 8-2 ATS this season after scoring 85 points or less in their previous contest.
Bottom line: Atlanta has shown little “heart” in this Round 2 matchup so far, but I think it still has some fight left in it; consider a second look at the Hawks in this situation.