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Cavaliers vs Hawks NBA Game Preview

Cleveland CavaliersAtlanta Hawks
6-12December 06, 2013, 07:30 | Philips Arena10-10

Philips Arena will feature Hawks vs. Cavaliers action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

Atlanta will face the 6-12 Cavaliers, who own a 5-13 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Hawks are 10-9-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Cavaliers are 7-11 favoring the OVER.

View Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 6.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 194.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game pits the Hawks, currently No. 22 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cavaliers, who rate No. 28 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 90-84 victory for the Hawks.

Cleveland won its last outing, a 98-88 result against the Nuggets on December 4. The Cavaliers covered in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 186 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Cleveland earned a 98-88 victory over Denver on Wednesday, getting 23 points from Kyrie Irving at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Hawks were a 107-97 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Clippers. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (204) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Hawks got a 25-point performance from Paul Millsap as Atlanta ran past Los Angeles 107-97 on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Atlanta's No. 27-rated squad against Cleveland's No. 15-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Atlanta rates No. 12 in the league with 8.05 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 21 with 6.78 per outing.

Next up:
Cleveland home to Los Angeles, Saturday, December 7th
Atlanta home to Seattle, Tuesday, December 10th