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(0-2) Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (0-2)
Date: Sunday October 21
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Cleveland -7
NBA Betting Total: 229.5
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The Atlanta Hawks were tossed around by Memphis on the road losing 117-131 while they couldn’t cover with the 7 points they were getting.
Although the Cleveland Cavaliers couldn’t pull off the upset, they were able to take a talented Timberwolves squad into OT where they would eventually falling 123-131, but they did cover with the 8.5 point spread.
Cleveland opened up at 6 point favorites and have since gone to 7 point favorites with nearly 80% of the public backing them.
The total opened up at 228.5 points and has risen to 229.5 points.
Overall, the Cavalier’s offense shot well shooting 48.4% from the field, while shooting 86.2% from the line, but they could do better with the threes as they only made 34% of their attempts.
They also matched up well with the Timberwolves on the boards (49 to 48), points in the paint (58 to 56), and assists (26 to 28).
The problem was that they couldn’t stop the Timberwolves on the offensive side as they shot 50.6% from the field and 40% from behind the arc.
PF Kevin Love and SF Cedi Osman led the Cavaliers in scoring as they combined for 47 points while they also contributed 22 rebounds and 15 assists.
It was good to see they got a solid contribution from rookie PG Collin Sexton who dropped 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting.
The Hawks offense was on against the Grizzlies shooting nearly 50% from the field while they drained 46.7% of their shots from downtown.
This really was a close contest stats-wise as the rebounds were close (52 to 55), fast break points (27 to 27), points in paint (50 to 52), and turnovers (19-17).
If there was one thing that needed to be addressed after this contest was the porous free throw shooting as the Hawks shot just 58.3% from the line making 21 of 36 attempts.
In only 23 minutes of work, SF Taurean Prince led the team in scoring with 28 points, while he also added four rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Rookie PG Trae Young was another bright spot for the Hawks as he dropped 20 points while adding a solid nine assists.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 10-3-1 in ATL last 14 Sun. games.
- CLE are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Under is 12-5 in CLE last 17 home games.
- Over is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Cleveland.
- Over is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Cleveland picks up their first win of the season against Atlanta.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers -7
This Cavaliers squad has been playing solid basketball to start the season as they’ve covered the spread against solid competition, and this time they will get one of the weakest squads on their home-court.
If this was in Atlanta then I’d probably like Atlanta to keep it close, but with this being their third consecutive road contest, I expect a winless and seasoned Cleveland squad to want this one more.
Cleveland has gone 15-4 in their last 19 contests against Atlanta, and I will be backing them to continue that trend.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 117 – Hawks 108
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