Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat 4/19/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Predictions

Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat Matchup Preview (4/19/22)

Tuesday night will feature several first-round matchups, including Game Two of the Atlanta Hawks versus Miami Heat. Trae Young’s inexplicably poor shooting night is the most obvious talking point surrounding the first game in this series. He went 1-for-12 from the floor for eight points and only managed to dish out four assists, which is roughly six shy of his season average. While this one game certainly does not sink the Hawks permanently, it does cause some concern, mainly because they have not played any semblance of defense all season long. Atlanta is dangerous when it is shooting the lights out but still needs to play at a high level on the other end of the floor.

Meanwhile, Miami executed in its first game to perfection. It fed the hot hand, who was Duncan Robinson while playing tremendous defense on Trae Young. The danger in having a player like Young that requires such a high usage offensively is what can happen if they have an off-night. On the other hand, the Heat don’t have any such player; they can feed whoever is hot and don’t have to worry about certain players getting enough touches. This will benefit Miami in the long run if it can get good looks offensively and avoid dry spells, which it has been prone to on occasion this season.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat Betting Odds

This game should be much closer than Game One. I put the odds at virtually zero for Trae Young to have another eight-point performance on 1-for-12 shooting. It’s also pretty challenging to imagine the Heat firing at over a 47% clip from distance and 52% from the field for another 48 minutes, despite Atlanta’s defense being an atrocity. Miami should win, but it will be closer. I like the Heat against the spread at seven points; if it is higher, I will stay off it.

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How To Watch

Date: 4/19/22
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: FTX Arena – Miami, FL
Channel: ESPN

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Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineup

PG: Trae Young
SG: Kevin Huerter
SF: De’Andre Hunter
PF: Danilo Gallinari
C: Onyeka Okongwu

Atlanta Hawks Analysis

The return of John Collins is massive for the Hawks, and it could not come at a better time. It is an “all hands on deck” situation for Atlanta right now, especially after getting dubbed by the Miami Heat by 24 points in Game One. Unfortunately, an injury to Clint Capela has further derailed the Hawks, and it remains to be seen whether he will be able to return for their first-round series against the Heat. In the first game, Trae Young was effectively shut down, shooting a horrendous 1-for-12 from the field for eight points. This cannot happen again if Atlanta wants to be even remotely competitive in this series and avoid the four-game sweep. The bottom line for Atlanta remains the same: it has to play at least middle-of-the-road defensively and shoot the absolute lights out to keep up with Miami.

Miami Heat Starting Lineup

PG: Kyle Lowry
SG: Max Strus
SF: Jimmy Butler
PF: P.J. Tucker
C: Bam Adebayo

Miami Heat Analysis

Miami remains one of the biggest sleeper teams in the NBA Playoffs despite being the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. How is that possible? There is no clear answer on that; perhaps, it is because the Heat don’t have the flash of the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors or the consistency of the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics. Still, Miami may be the deepest team in the NBA as it has the Sixth Man of the Year coming off the bench in Tyler Herro as well as Duncan Robinson, Gabe Vincent, and Dewayne Dedmon. Additionally, the Heat could give Victor Oladipo some minutes if they believe that he can contribute to the team in a lesser capacity as a role player. For Game Two, the Heat will need a much better game from their center, Bam Adebayo, who merely had six points despite playing 28 minutes in the game. Adebayo tends to get passive offensively, which is frustrating for such a talented player. It is passable in this instance because of how well Duncan Robinson was shooting; however, the Heat cannot afford another game like that from him.

Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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