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Playoff Journal, May 5

   by Larry Ness - 05/05/2016

Playoff Journal (May 5)

The Hawks made the Cavs work for their Game 1 win but Game 2 was a ‘horse of a different color.’ Cleveland was ‘unconscious’ from behind the arc, making 18 three-pointers in the first half alone, on its way to an all-time, single-game record (regular or postseason) of 25 made three-points (Cavs attempted 45). Ten different players connected from behind the arc with J.R. Smith leading the long distance barrage (7 of 13), finishing with 23 points. LBJ had 27-4-5 (he’s now tied for 13th with Robert Parish for career playoff games at 184), Irving 19 and Love 11 & 13. Schroeder bailed out Atlanta’s backcourt in Game 1 with 27 points but he scored only FIVE points in Game 2 and once again the Hawks’ backcourt duo of Teague and Korber did little (combined 6 of 17 shooting for 21 points). The Cavs are 6-0 to open the 2016 postseason and own 10 consecutive playoff wins over the Hawks.

Home teams are 5-2 SU and ATS in the second round, the over is 4-3 and “Zig-Zaggers” are 1-2 ATS. Overall this postseason, home teams are 35-16 SU (.686), 30-21 ATS (58.8%) and 34 of 51 games have stayed under (66.7%). Those following the Zig-Zag theory are 18-21 ATS or minus-5.1 net games. ESPN airs tonight’s Game 2 of the Miami/Toronto series at 8:05 ET, as the Raptors face a second consecutive “must win” Game 2 situation (lost Game 1 of their opening round series to the Pacers). DeRozan and Lowry have struggled all postseason (exception being DeRozan’s efforts in Game 5 & 7 vs Indiana) and that duo can’t be outscored 50-29 by the Miami duo of Dragic and Wade again like in Game 1), if Toronto hopes to even the series. The Raptors are favored by 4 1/2 points.

Good luck...Larry

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