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04/18/2011 6:33 PM
HAWKS: Winning Game 1 on the road in Orlando was vital for Atlanta, because it gave them the belief that they can win. The Hawks have struggled mightily when trailing in playoff series, both physically and mentally. Atlanta played one of their strongest games of the season, winning by double digits. The Hawks have a wonderful opportunity tonight to take complete control of this series, as they can go home up 2-0 in their best of 7 series with the Magic. Atlanta is 21-21 SU and 22-20 ATS in road games played this season. The Hawks are 5-5 ATS as a road underdog between 6.5 and 9 points this year. Every Atlanta player that took multiple shot attempts shot 50% or better from the field in Game 1. G Joe Johnson had a team high 25 points for Atlanta. G Jamal Crawford scored 23 points in just 30 minutes, along with 5 assists in Game 1. The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win. Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%. Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as the listed underdog. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference. Atlanta is 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 playoff games as the listed underdog. The Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
Projected Score: 89 (SIDE of the Day)
Hawks are 4-0 ATS last 4 games following a SU win.
Under is 12-2 last 14 games against a team with a winning SU record.
MAGIC: (-8.5, O/U 182.5) Orlando has already lost home court advantage thanks to their shocking 93-103 SU loss in Game 1 to Atlanta. The Magic have battled inconsistency ever since the All-Star break. C Dwight Howard scored a playoff career high 46 points in the losing effort. Clearly the Magic are going to have to get offensive contributions from more than Howard to win this series. Besides Jameer Nelson's 27 points, no other Orlando player scored more than 6 points. F Hedo Turkoglu and G Jason Richardson combined to go 4-17 from the field for just 10 points. Orlando struggled defensively as well in Game 1, allowing an offensively challenged Atlanta team score 103 points on the road. The Magic are 29-13 SU and 19-23 ATS in home games this season. Orlando is 4-8 ATS as a home favorite between 6.5 and 9 points this year. The Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Orlando is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference. The Magic are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 playoff games as the listed favorite. Orlando is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Magic are 16-36 ATS in their last 52 games following a double-digit loss at home. Orlando is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games. The Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss. Orlando is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. The Magic are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest.
Projected Score: 92
Magic are 1-8 ATS last 9 games as a home favorite.
TRAILBLAZERS: Portland did everything but win the game, as they had a golden opportunity to steal home court advantage away from Dallas. Ultimately, the Blazers fell because of their inability to executive in the final 5 minutes of the 4th Quarter. Coach McMillan is likely to employ a similar game-plan heading into tonight's critical Game 2. The Blazers have played the Mavericks tough all season long, so tonight is likely to be more of the same. Each of the 5 meetings between these two teams have been decided by 8 points or fewer. The Blazers are 18-24 SU and 18-20 ATS on the road this season. Portland is just 2-6 ATS as a road underdog between 3.5 and 6 points this season. F LaMarcus Aldridge had a team high 27 points for the Blazers in Game 1. C Marcus Camby only scored 4 points, but he pulled down a game high 18 rebounds in the Game 1 loss. The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. Portland is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. Portland is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Projected Score: 94
Trailblazers are 5-1 ATS last 6 games following a SU loss.
Under is 5-0 last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
MAVERICKS: (-3.5, o/u 182.5) Dallas showed in Game 1 why they feel they are a different team than what they've been in the past. The Mavericks came from behind in the 4th quarter to beat the Blazers 89-81 SU. Even though they are the higher seed and have home court advantage, many people believed that Dallas would ultimately lose this series. The Mavericks are stronger mentally this year than at any other time during the Dirk Nowitzki era, and it proved true in Game 1. PG Jason Kidd was amazing in Game 1, as he had 24 points and a team high 4 assists. Kidd made 6 of his 10 three pointers, a huge shooting night for the veteran. Dallas attempted 29 free throws to the Blazers 13 attempts, the ultimate difference in the game. Dallas is 30-12 SU and 20-20 ATS in home games this season. The Mavericks are 4-3 ATS as a home favorite between 3.5 and 6 points this year. The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as the listed favorite. Dallas is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU win. Dallas is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win. The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Dallas is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against the Western Conference.
Projected Score: 96 (OVER-Total of the Day)
Mavericks are 4-0 ATS last 4 games as a home favorite.
Under is 6-0-1 last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games.
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