1. Limit everyone but LeBron. LJ is going to get his points, but if the Hawks can get bad games out of Ilgauskas, Wallace, Wally World and more, they can win.
2. Keep turnovers to a minimum.
3. Good ball movement in the halfcourt.
4. Get good rebounding from Zaza, Horford, Smith.
If we can do this in four games, we can win this series.
Cleveland will win any game where two other guys besides James have good nights.
Atlanta got crushed in their games in Miami. No reason to think that the result will be any different in a much tougher environment.
ATL may win a home game, as I could see them feeding off the energy of the crowd. However, the Cavs are the better, more experienced team. The Cavs have big time goals. I think the Hawks are just happy to be in this position.
I think they will come out focused, but miss a few easy shots the first quarter before they get their rhythm back. The Lakers are more talented, but they have more mercurial players, and less chemistry than the Cavs, so were more affected by the layoff (and likely taking the Rockets lightly due to the 4-0 season sweep of them).
I wouldn't be surprised if the Cavs go down a bit early on, maybe even as much as 10 points, but they'll be back to even or up a few by halftime, and come the second half they'll open that lead to double figures.