Free NBA Hoops Pick: Hawks vs. Cavaliers Lines
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(48-32) Atlanta Hawks vs. (56-24) Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Monday April 11
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
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A year ago it was Atlanta on top of the Eastern Conference. This year they have struggled to find the same consistency.
Cleveland is at the top of the East this year but they haven’t exactly wowed us in that area either. They will have to prove it in the playoffs.
This game definitely still have meaning for the Hawks who could finish anywhere from third to sixth in the East.
The Hawks are currently in that third spot but if they lose their final two games of the regular season on the road their playoff seeding could change dramatically. They come to Cleveland on a three game winning streak but the last time these two teams played they lost at home in overtime. They need to win at least one of these last two to feel good entering the playoffs.
Atlanta is once again one of the more balanced teams in the league. Paul Milsap leads this unsung group in scoring at 17ppg, but he is capable of big games. He just dropped 31 and 16 in their last game against Boston.
It is hard to pinpoint exactly why but the Hawks are just not as smooth as they were a year ago. It could be because Jeff Teague is not having as good a season but I am not sure I want to pin it on that exclusively.
Al Horford is having another good year but he can be exposed if teams have a legit big and want to work inside. On offense though he really stretches the floor. He makes more than one three pointer per game.
Atlanta wants to finish strong and be in a position to host a first round series. They cannot let up just yet.
It has been an interesting season for the Cavs. Despite all the turmoil they can lock up the top record in the East with just another win (or Toronto loss) and their final two games are at home.
Heading into this one they have lost back to back games, both on the road. Similar to Atlanta they struggle with consistency. It seems like they expect LeBron to be able to bail them out the way he did in the Finals last year.
James is having another fine season leading the club in scoring and assists. However, his three point shooting has fallen to the lowest it has been since his rookie season. I am not sure what the reason is for his sudden ineffectiveness but it makes him that much easier to guard. Still not easy but easier.
As ever the Cavs are looking for the most consistent performers to match with LeBron. There is no doubt that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are talents but their consistency is troubling.
Cleveland should finish on top in the East but I am not sure them representing the Conference in the Finals is a foregone conclusion.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 4-0 in Hawks last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Over is 4-0 in Hawks last 4 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Hawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Monday games.
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Over is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Over is 7-1 in Cavaliers last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
The last week of the regular season can be a tough handicapping period. I think for this one we should see both teams putting out their regular lineup.
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There is still a few matters left to be resolved. If either teams gets up early though they might just shut it down.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 106 – Atlanta 99
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