The Cleveland Cavaliers (31-22) head to Philips Arena to take on the Atlanta Hawks (17-38). The Cavaliers can end a six-game road losing streak. Action begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, 2018, and can be seen on Fox Sports – Ohio.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks Betting Odds
In their last matchup, the Hawks lost a close one to the Orlando Magic, 100-98, while the Cavaliers barely escaped the Minnesota Timberwolves, 140-138.
Cleveland played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.4 (below their season average of 19.5) and a free throw rate of 0.170 (below their season average of 0.224). For those same stats, Minnesota put up marks of 10.5 and 0.118, respectively. Atlanta, on the other hand, held Orlando to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.8 (below the 25.2 mark opponents have averaged against Atlanta this season). Dennis Schroder had a good game for Atlanta, recording 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Cleveland, meanwhile, was lifted by LeBron James, who notched his eighth triple-double this year. He took over, accumulating 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.
Getting to the line could be rare for Atlanta in this meeting. The Hawks currently rank 18th in the league with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.189, while Cleveland ranks first in FTA rate allowed (0.159). Additionally, the fifth-ranked offense of the Cavaliers (offensive efficiency of 109.8) will square off against the 24th-ranked defense of the Hawks (defensive efficiency of 108.4).
Games involving the Cavaliers have finished over the O/U total 50.9 percent of the time. Cleveland holds records of 31-22 straight up (SU) and 15-37-1 against the spread (ATS).
Contrary to Cleveland, just over half of Hawks games have finished under the O/U total. Moreover, Atlanta is 17-38 SU and 28-24-2 ATS.
Isaiah Thomas has taken his game to another level as of late for Cleveland, averaging 13.8 points and 5.8 assists over the last five games.
In the season series between these two teams, the Cavaliers lead two games to one. The two teams combined to put up 237 points in their most recent game, which was well over the projected point total of 215. Cleveland won 123-114 but was unable to cover as a 12-point favorite. Cleveland was lights out from beyond the arc (20-38; 52.6 percent). Atlanta, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (12-13; 92.3 percent). James put up a double-double in the victory with 25 points and 17 assists.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Pick
Free Pick: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Under
The Cavaliers rank 21st in rebounds per game (41.7) while the Hawks rank 26th (40.8).
Atlanta averages 23.9 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the league. Cleveland ranks last in assists allowed per game (26.1).
The Hawks average 18.6 points off turnovers per game, which ranks second in the NBA. The Cavaliers rank 19th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.0).
Atlanta ranks 15th in points allowed in the paint per game (44.1) while Cleveland ranks 28th (47.6).
Cleveland ranks 14th in fast break points per game (11.5) while Atlanta ranks 19th in fast break points allowed per game (12.1).
The Cavaliers rank fifth in blocks allowed per game (4.2) while the Hawks rank 26th (5.3).
The Cavaliers rank 16th in steals allowed per game (7.8) while the Hawks rank 26th (8.6).
Atlanta ranks 15th in second chance points per game (12.7) while Cleveland ranks 17th in second chance points allowed per game (12.6).
Cleveland ranks third in three pointers attempted per game (32.8) while Atlanta ranks 22nd in three pointers allowed per game (30.0).
In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, Cleveland is 11-2 and Atlanta is 9-3.
The Hawks are 15-22 when they reach 100 points, while the Cavaliers are 30-12.
Cleveland is 9-17 ATS on the road, while Atlanta is 15-13 ATS at home.
The Cavaliers have 13 overs and 13 unders in 26 road games.
The Hawks have 14 unders, 13 overs and 1 push in 28 home games.
In their last five games, Cleveland and Atlanta have both had 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Hawks are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Cavaliers are 1-4.
During their last five games, the Hawks have scored an average of 105.0 points per game (1.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 104.0 points per game (3.7 below their season average).
The Cavaliers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 11.4, up from 0.7 for the season.