Hawks vs. Cavs Prediction
Round 2 of the NBA Playoff Play-In games will take place on Friday night with a double header starting in Cleveland. Will the Hawks cover as 2-point road favorites or are the Cavs the better bet as a home dog? Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
509 Atlanta Hawks (-2) at 510 Cleveland Cavs (+2); o/u 225
7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, April 15, 2022
Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH
Atlanta Hawks DFS Notes
Bogdan Bogdanovic (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Friday's game against the Cavaliers. Despite spraining his ankle, Bogdanovic was able to play 25 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's win over the Hornets. If he's either limited or cannot play in Cleveland, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot would be in line to see an increase in playing time. It would not be enough to make him a player worth considering in DFS, however. Starters Kevin Huerter and De'Andre Hunter would also be in line for a heavier workload, and they would be worthy of fantasy/DFS consideration.
Cleveland Cavs DFS Notes
Kevin Love tallied 14 points (5-of-11 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Nets. Cleveland will now need a win over either Atlanta or Charlotte on Friday if they're to take part in the upcoming playoffs, with Love being one of the team's bright spots in their loss to the Nets. The double-double is his 16th of the season, and this is the first time that Love has recorded one in consecutive games since late January. He will once again make for a solid option for DFS players who look to fill out rosters for Friday's doubleheader.
Hawks vs. Cavs NBA Playoffs Betting Prediction
The Hawks have covered in four of the last five meetings between these two teams, are 6-0 against the spread in their last six games as a favorite and are 7-2 against the number in their last nine games overall. On the other side, the Cavs are 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 games, are 2-6 against the number in their last eight games coming off a loss and are 3-9 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous contest.
NBA PLAYOFFS BETTING PREDICTION: ATLANTA HAWKS -2