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Hawks Have Plenty Of Bark As Underdogs

Atlanta has absolutely relished the role of underdog, as the Hawks have won nine of their past 11 games as a dog. The Hawks host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, which will be the first time Atlanta has been a home dog since beating the Spurs 114-112 in overtime on January 1.

SHARK BITES
  • The Cavaliers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against the Hawks.
  • The Hawks are 0-4 SU and ATS in their last 4 games after consecutive wins.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Hawks' last 6 games.

The Hawks enter this game coming off back-to-back wins over the Celtics and Mavericks. After a couple of rough outings, Dennis Schroder played well during the two-game winning streak with the diminutive point guard averaging 19 points and 5.5 assists while shooting 59.3 percent. Schroder was also a bright spot against the Cavs earlier this season, in a game that the Hawks won, as he scored a team-high 28 points.

The Cavaliers have hit a small rough patch recently, as they have dropped two of their past three, including their first loss of the season when leading in the fourth quarter. LeBron James has been posting some gaudy numbers of late, with the Akron native averaging 23.3 points, 12 rebounds and 10.3 rebounds in his past three starts.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the Atlanta Hawks as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as 3.5-point underdogs on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 214 for Friday at shops such as MyBookie.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 102-101 win for the Cavaliers on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Cleveland Cavaliers have seen them go 41-18 and 27-30-2 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Atlanta Hawks are at 34-26 and 29-31 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Hawks are 24-34-2, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are 33-24-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Atlanta vs Cleveland injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 27-rated Atlanta Hawks and the No. 11-ranked Cleveland Cavaliers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Atlanta's No. 20-ranked offense averaging 103.37 PPG, against a Cleveland Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 19 at 105.88 PPG. The Atlanta Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 45.43% so far, less than the Cleveland Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 46.56% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cavaliers wasted a 28-point performance from Kyrie Irving as Boston ran past them 103-99 on Wednesday at TD Garden.

The Hawks got 18 points from Ersan Ilyasova as Atlanta ran past Dallas 100-95 on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Cleveland is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of Cleveland's last 19 games
  • Cleveland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games
  • Atlanta is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
  • Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Miami, Saturday, March 4th
Atlanta home to Indiana, Sunday, March 5th

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