Just like the team’s logo, Jimmy Butler caught fire and led the Miami Heat to a 115-105 victory in Game 2. He finished with 45 points; a personal playoff career-high. Butler is averaging 33 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.5. assists. In other words, the Atlanta Hawks haven’t found a way to stop him.
Talking about the Hawks, Bogdan Bogdanovic went from six points in Game 1 to 29 points in Game 2. Trae Young also took a step forward and went from eight to 25 points. Unfortunately for them, that wasn’t enough to snatch home-court advantage.
That’s right, Miami will visit the State Farm Arena with a 2-0 advantage. NBA teams that take 2-0 leads eventually win that series 92.9 percent of the time. Plus, Miami is 17-0 when taking a 2-0 lead.
That doesn’t mean the Hawks can’t win a game or two, right? Well, playing at home definitely increases their chances. Since January 17, no team has been better in its house than Atlanta, winning 20 of its last 23 games.
Those are impressive numbers, but head coach Nate McMillan knows that’s not enough.
You can’t have 19 turnovers and expect to win a playoff game. Miami scored 21 points off our turnovers, and a lot of that was in transition,” he said.
Atlanta was hoping to get Lou Williams back, however, he has been downgraded to out. He joins Clint Capela, who’s out indefinitely.
As for Miami, the online gambling favorite by 1½ points, Bam Adebayo and P.J. Tucker are questionable. If both are held out, Dewayne Dedmon and Omer Yurtseven should see additional action.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to what Atlanta can or can’t do about Butler, who’s willing to do whatever it takes to win: “I always want to play basketball the right way. Whatever it takes to win — that’s why they brought me here.”
Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks Game Information
- Date: 04/22/2022
- Time: 7:00 PM ET
- Location: State Farm ArenaAtlanta,GA
- How to Watch Heat vs Hawks: NBC Sports
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Hawks vs Heat Betting Lines
Miami Heat is -130 according to our NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $76.92On the other side, the Atlanta Hawks are +105according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $105.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Miami Heat at a 56.52% chance of winning the game, meanwhile the Atlanta Hawks have 48.78% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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