The NBA second round of the playoffs features two games scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.
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It all gets underway with Game 1 of the Eastern conference semifinals as the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks and Cavaliers get things started from Cleveland at 7PM Eastern Time and TNT TV has the coast to coast broadcast. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Cleveland Cavaliers favored by -7 ½ points with the total set at 200 ½ points. Cleveland has had good success against the Atlanta Hawks in recent seasons. They met in the post season last year and the Cavaliers swept the Hawks in four straight. The Cavaliers drew the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the playoffs and it was a four game sweep for Cleveland. The Cavs defended well as they allowed 98 or fewer points to the Pistons in the final three games of the series. The Atlanta Hawks needed six games to eliminate the Boston Celtics. They did draw a break as Avery Bradley was lost for much of the series due to injury for Boston. One of the losses by Atlanta in the Celtics series was in overtime. Atlanta averaged 106 points per game in their final two games with Boston in the first round.
The late night game begins at 9:30PM Eastern Time on TNT TV as the San Antonio Spurs are home to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs are favored by -7 points with the total set at 202 ½ points. It was all San Antonio in Game 1 of this Western conference semifinal round as they blew out Oklahoma City 124-92 as a -6 ½ point favorite. San Antonio stormed out to the 43-20 lead at the end of the first quarter. The lead for the Spurs was built up to 33 points at the half. It was a huge performance by LaMarcus Aldridge in the opener as he scored 38 points connecting on 18 of 23 shots from the floor.