NBA Playoff Betting – Hawks look to protect homecourt against pesky Bucks

Joe Johnson HawksIf you’re looking to bet on the Kentucky Derby, you’re aware that Calvin Borel has jockeyed two of the last three horses to victory at his home track, Churchill Downs. There’s another matchup going down in the NBA where homecourt is crucial as the home team has won all four games in the Atlanta-Milwaukee series. The series switches back to Atlanta on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Atlanta Hawks odds – Wednesday, April 28, 8:00 PM ET

The Bucks shot a startling 55.1% from the floor in a 111-104 win over the Hawks to tie the series up at two games apiece, and Brandon Jennings was one of three Bucks over 20 points with 23, while John Salmons and Carlos Delfino had 22 apiece. This was easily Delfino’s best game of the series, as he had just 20 points in the first three games of the series, and if he is on, it opens the floor up for Jennings and Salmons. The Bucks also held a distinct advantage at the foul line, going 28-of-32.

The Hawks were 18-of-21 from the line, and on most nights, if you shoot 47.5% on the road, you’ll win the game, but Atlanta’s defense couldn’t stop the Bucks. Joe Johnson dropped a game-high 29 points to go with nine assists as the Hawks hit 10 of their 19 three-point attempts, and they outrebounded the Bucks 12-8 on the offensive glass. But again, all of that will mean nothing if you can’t slow down the other team, and Atlanta had no answer for the Bucks at that end of the floor.

NBA odds should favor the Hawks at home after winning the first two games of the series at Philips Arena rather handily, and the Bucks have now dropped eight in a row in Atlanta. It’s no surprise that the Hawks are much better at home than on the road, and they have to shut down whoever will step up to be the Bucks’ third option, most likely Delfino. The Hawks can get away with letting Jennings and Salmons have their shots, but they have to shut down the rest of the team like they did in the first two games. The odds are very good that the Bucks aren’t going to shoot 55% from the floor on the road, which means they’ll have to shore up on the defensive end, but at home, the Hawks seem to have an energy that they definitely don’t have on the road. Look for an improved performance from Al Horford, who had 35 points in the first two games in Atlanta, but only 18 on the road, and with no Andrew Bogut in the post, he should have his way with the Bucks.

Sports betting pick: Atlanta

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