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Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds
The Cavaliers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Hawks tip off at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday in NBA play.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Cavaliers currently sports a record of 8-28, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 15-21 ATS. The Hawks are 20-13 and 13-19-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cavaliers post a 20-16 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Hawks have gone 16-16-1 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Cavaliers at No. 27 and the Hawks at No. 16 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 98-91 result in favor of the Hawks.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Hawks rank No. 24 in the league with 40.7 per game. That compares with Cleveland’s No. 18 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cleveland is the NBA’s No. 10-ranked team at 7.7 per game, while the Hawks rate No. 3 with 9 per contest.
Defensively, the Hawks feature the league's No. 4-rated defense on the road, giving up 94 points per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 in the league in scoring at home.
Atlanta lost its last outing, a 108-103 result against the Timberwolves on January 8. The Hawks failed to cover in that game as a 1-point underdog, while the 211 combined points took the game OVER the total. Josh Smith poured in 21 points and chipped in with 13 rebounds in a losing cause for Atlanta on Tuesday, as the Timberwolves rolled to a 108-103 victory over Atlanta at Target Center.
Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 118-92 loser as they battled the Bulls on the road. The Cavaliers failed to cover in the match as an 8-point underdog, while 210 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Cleveland was run off the court by the Bulls on Monday as Chicago blasted them 118-92 at United Center.
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Utah are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Denver are 7-3
After playing Chicago are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8
A few Hawks at Cavaliers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Atlanta is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Cleveland
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Atlanta home to Utah, Friday, January 11
Cleveland at Denver, Friday, January 11