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Atlanta HawksCleveland Cavaliers
March 18, 3:00 PM | Quicken Loans Arena

Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds

25-19TEAM RECORD16-25

Atlanta pays a visit to Cleveland on Sunday, hoping to send the Cavaliers to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Hawks will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 23-19-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cavaliers are 21-20 ATS. Atlanta is 16-26-2 against the total, while Cleveland is 19-22 versus the number.

View Atlanta vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Hawks are listed as 1.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, with the total listed at 191.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 26-rated Cavaliers and the No. 15-ranked Hawks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 97-91 result in favor of the Hawks.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 94.8 PPG, against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 5 at 92.2 PPG. The Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 42.8% so far, less than the Hawks shooters have achieved on the year, 44.2% per game.

Defensively, the Hawks feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 92.2 points per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 23 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 102-88 winner as they battled the Wizards at home. The Hawks covered in the match as a 11.5-point favorite, while 190 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Wizards were burned for 34 points by Joe Johnson on Friday as the Hawks picked up a 102-88 win at Philips Arena.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 115-105 loser as they battled the Bucks on the road. The Cavaliers failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog, while 220 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Cavaliers wasted a 28-point performance from Kyrie Irving as Milwaukee ran past them 115-105 on Wednesday at Bradley Center.

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing New Jersey are 7-3
After playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

A few Hawks at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Atlanta's last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Atlanta's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing Atlanta
Cleveland is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Cleveland is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Next up:
Atlanta home to Boston, Monday, March 19
Cleveland at New Jersey, Monday, March 19

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