Cavaliers vs. Hawks Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Cavs are a 7.5-point favorite on the spreadline. The over-under is set at 215 points.
Cleveland emters with a 14-7 overall record and 8-12-1 ATS after a 108-97 home win over the Heat, its ninth consecutive victory. Atlanta is 4-16 overall and 8-11-1 ATS following a 112-78 home loss to the Raptors. The Hawks won the first meeting by a count of 117-115 on the road on Nov. 5. Atlanta is 4-1 straight up and 4-1 ATS in five meetings since the start of last season. The over is 5-0 in the ifve meetings.
The Cavaliers were led by Kevin Love with 38 points, nine rebounds and two steals in the win over Miami. LeBron James tallied 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals. Dwyane Wade added 17 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals off the bench. Cleveland outscored the Heat 75-49 in the first half.
In the loss to Toronto, Dennis Schroder with 14 points and four rebounds to lead the way. Taurean Prince and Marco Belinelli both scored 10 in the losing effort. The Hawks trailed by three after one quarter before being outscored 39-14 in the second quarter.
Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Atlanta.
The Cavaliers are cruising and have a day of rest in between games. This spread, even on the road, seems like it could be up to a couple points higher. Atlanta has had plenty of home games where it hasn't put up much of a fight. Expect the same this time as LeBron, Love and company roll to the win.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS -7.5