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NBA Betting Preview: Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
December 16, 2023
Game one of the doubleheader on NBA TV will feature the Atlanta Hawks traveling to Cleveland, Ohio to face the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse the game is scheduled to start at 7:30 PM ET on Saturday evening and will air on Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports Southeast, and NBA TV.
The Atlanta Hawks enter this game with a record of 10-14 which puts them in 11
place in the Eastern Conference and finally ended their five-game losing streak following a 125-104 win on the road against the Toronto Raptors on Friday. Trae Young had a phenomenal game as he led the team in scoring and assists with 38 points and 11 assists and continues to lead the team this season in scoring and assists with an average of 27.2 points and 10.8 assists per game.
Atlanta is the 2
highest-scoring team in the NBA as they are averaging 122.48 points per game, however, they play at a faster tempo which has led them to allow the 3
most points per game in the league with an average of 123.3 points per game. The Atlanta Hawks will look to build off the momentum following the win against the Raptors when they travel to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers enter this game in 9
place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 13-12 and are on a three-game losing streak following a 107-116 loss on the road against the Boston Celtics on Thursday. Cleveland likes to play at a slower tempo than the average NBA team as they are averaging the 7
fewest points per game with an average of 110.48 points per game while allowing the 8
fewest points per game with an average of 110.92 points per game. Donovan Mitchell has been the leader for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season as he leads the team in scoring and steals with an average of 27.6 points and 1.9 steals per game. The Cavaliers will look to end their three-game losing streak when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday evening.
BookMaker has the Cleveland Cavaliers listed as 2.5-point favorites at home against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday evening. Atlanta has won seven of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. The Hawks are 6-4 ATS in the last ten while the Cavaliers are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Atlanta Hawks are 6-18 ATS overall, 5-8 ATS on the road, and 4-9 ATS as an underdog this season while the Cleveland Cavaliers are 10-13-2 ATS overall and 5-8-2 ATS as a favorite on the year.
Cleveland enters this game with a better record, however, Atlanta has been the better team in the series, winning seven of the last ten and two of the last three matchups. The Hawks have also been the better team at covering the spread in the series as they are 6-4 ATS in the last ten meetings. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the points with the Atlanta Hawks when they travel to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday evening.
Spooky Express Pick: Atlanta Hawks +3
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