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Cavaliers home to Hawks in NBA betting action

Atlanta HawksCleveland Cavaliers
15-13December 26, 2013, 07:00 | Quicken Loans Arena10-17

The Cavaliers will try to cover the spread at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday when they get a visit from the Hawks in basketball action.

The Hawks will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 17-11 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cavaliers are 10-17 ATS. Atlanta is 17-10-1 against the total, while Cleveland is 14-13 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Cleveland opened as 2-point underdogs at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 203 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 11-rated Hawks taking on the No. 26-rated Cavaliers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 94-87 win for the Hawks on Thursday.

Atlanta was a 121-119 loser in its last match on the road against the Heat. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 240 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Jeff Teague went off for 26 points and added 6 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Miami defeated Atlanta, 121-119 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 115-92 loser at home against the Pistons. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (207) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Cleveland was crushed on Monday, getting run out of the gym by Detroit and falling 115-92 at Quicken Loans Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 95.48 PPG, against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 14 at 100.14 PPG. The Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 42.39% so far, less than the Hawks shooters have achieved on the year, 46.96% per game.

Next up:
Atlanta home to Charlotte, Saturday, December 28th
Cleveland at Boston, Saturday, December 28th