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NBA Game Preview - Cavaliers underdogs vs Hawks at Atlanta

Cleveland CavaliersAtlanta Hawks
31-45April 04, 2014, 07:30 | Philips Arena32-42

The visiting Cavaliers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Philips Arena against the Hawks.

The Hawks sit at 32-42 (31-42-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Cavaliers are currently 31-45 (38-38 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Atlanta is 40-33-1 OU, and Cleveland is 35-40-1 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Hawks sat as -4-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 201.

This game pits the Hawks, currently No. 26 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cavaliers, who rate No. 24 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 92-89 victory for the Hawks.

The Hawks were a 105-92 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (197) made winners of OVER bettors. Paul Millsap poured in 22 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds in a losing cause for Atlanta on Wednesday, as the Bulls rolled to a 105-92 victory over Atlanta at Philips Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cavaliers rank No. 11 in the league with 44.03 per game. That compares with Atlanta’s No. 28 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Atlanta is the NBA’s No. 3-ranked team at 9.43 per game, while the Cavaliers rate No. 18 with 7.16 per contest.

A few Cavaliers at Hawks trends to consider:
Cleveland is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games
Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Atlanta is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
Atlanta is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games
Atlanta is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to Charlotte, Saturday, April 5th
Atlanta at Indiana, Sunday, April 6th