Cavaliers open as NBA underdog vs Hawks
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks Odds
Philips Arena features an NBA battle between the host Atlanta Hawks and the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers in betting action on Friday.
This season the Hawks are 9-4 overall and 5-8 ATS against the number, while the Cavaliers are 3-12 and 8-7 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Atlanta is 5-7-1 on the OU, and Cleveland is 8-7.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hawks at No. 11 and the Cavaliers at No. 23 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 99-90 result in favor of the Hawks.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 95.1 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 23 at 100.2 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 45.4% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 41.8% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Cavaliers own the league's No. 25-rated mark, allowing 102.7 points per game when playing on the road. Atlanta, on the other hand, rates No. 25 in scoring on their home court.
In their last action, Cleveland was a 91-78 loser at home against the Suns. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (169) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Anderson Varejao scored 20 points and added 18 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 91-78 against Phoenix in NBA action at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Hawks were a 94-91 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (185) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Hawks grabbed a 94-91 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday, behind a 17-point effort from Al Horford at Philips Arena.
Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Portland are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Denver are 6-4
After playing Charlotte are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
A few Cavaliers at Hawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Cleveland's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cleveland's last 12 games when playing Atlanta
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Cleveland home to Portland, Saturday, December 1
Atlanta home to Denver, Wednesday, December 5