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Hawks in Tough as 9-Point Dogs in Cleveland Tonight

The Hawks may lead the chase pack in the Eastern Conference after a win against the Celtics last night but they face an even stiffer test tonight when they travel to take on the East-leading Cavaliers in Cleveland. Prior to their victory against the Celts, the Hawks had been sputtering, especially on the road, and opened tonight’s contest as a 9-point underdog.

  • The Hawks are 1-12 SU in their last 13 games against the Cavaliers.
  • The Hawks are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road.
  • The Hawks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games on the road against teams with winning records.

To those who have followed the NBA the last few weeks, 9 points may seem like a lot. LeBron James has made it clear that he couldn’t care any less about the regular season – despite the fact that his team has yet to clinch first place – and Cleveland has been streaky as hell down the stretch.

If your strategy is to fade Cleveland tonight, you may be wise to grab the Hawks on the moneyline. The Cavs have been covering the spread when they win (4-1 ATS in their last five wins) and losing badly when they drop the ball. When these teams last met in Cleveland, the Hawks came away with a 110-106 win as 7.5-point dogs so it’s not out of the realm of possibility this evening.

Atlanta’s moneyline opened offering a price of nearly +500 and that feels like a decent gamble. Keep in mind, however, that the Cavs have done the majority of their work at Quicken Loans Arena this season with 31 wins on their home court.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Cleveland Cavaliers opened as -9-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 213.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

A 112-97 result in favor of the Cavaliers is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. 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

Cleveland battles the Atlanta Hawks, currently with a 40-38 mark (36-42 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 44-32-2 for the Cleveland Cavaliers and 30-46-2 for the Atlanta Hawks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Atlanta injuries news.

The Cleveland Cavaliers sit at No. 21 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Atlanta Hawks are at No. 24 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Cleveland's No. 13-rated NBA squad against Atlanta's No. 7-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Cleveland rates No. 2 in the league with 13.01 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 21 with 8.79 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Paul Millsap scored 26 points and added 26 rebounds for a double-double, leading Atlanta over Boston, 123-116, on Thursday at Philips Arena.

The Cavaliers blew out Boston on Wednesday, running up the score in a 114-91 win at TD Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Atlanta is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games
  • Atlanta is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Atlanta's last 11 games
  • Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cleveland's last 10 games
  • Cleveland is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Atlanta home to Cleveland, Sunday, April 9th