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Cavs Can Clinch Home Court Monday

Jeff Teague Matthew Dellavadova

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t been able to lock up home court advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs but will be looking to do so Monday against the Atlanta Hawks. Cleveland fell to Indiana on Wednesday and Chicago on Saturday and currently sit two games up on second-place Toronto.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Hawks' last eight games with a closing total of 204.5 or less.
  • The Cavaliers are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games as a favorite of 6.0 or more.
  • The Hawks are 7-2 SU in their last nine games against teams with winning records.

The good news for Cavs backers is they’ve traditionally dominated the Hawks. Cleveland has won its last six against Atlanta – a team they could very likely meet later on in the postseason. Cleveland swept the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals last year despite missing some key players.

Atlanta has an opportunity to clinch the Southeast title in this game, as the Hawks are one game ahead of the Heat with two games remaining. They’re also two games up on the Charlotte Hornets.

Iman Shumpert and Mo Williams are expected to remain out for the Cavaliers after missing the tilt with the Bulls due to knee issues.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Cleveland Cavaliers as -6-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 204.5 earlier at Bovada.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 108-99 result in favor of the Cavaliers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers sit at 56-24 (36-42-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Atlanta Hawks are currently 48-32 (41-37-2 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Cleveland is 40-40 OU and Atlanta is 37-41-2 OU. This season the Cleveland Cavaliers are 56-24 overall and 36-42-2 ATS against the number, while the Atlanta Hawks are 48-32 and 41-37-2 ATS. As for the totals, Cleveland is 40-40 on the OU, and Atlanta is 37-41-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Atlanta injuries news.

The Cavaliers - Hawks betting odds would favor the Cavaliers if the lines were set according to power rankings. Cleveland is rated No. 3 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Atlanta Hawks sit at No. 5.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Cleveland's No. 8-ranked offense (104.2 PPG) against a Atlanta Hawks defense that ranks No. 6 at 98.99 PPG. The Cleveland Cavaliers have averaged 45.99% from the field per game, more than the Atlanta Hawks have managed so far this NBA season (45.85% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Celtics were burned for 31 points by Paul Millsap on Saturday as the Hawks picked up a 118-107 win at Philips Arena.

LeBron James chucked in 33 points for Cleveland on Saturday, but they still came up short in losing 105-102 at United Center.

Betting Trends
  • Atlanta is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games
  • Atlanta is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Atlanta is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
  • Atlanta is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Atlanta at Washington, Wednesday, April 13th
Cleveland home to Detroit, Wednesday, April 13th