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2021 NBA Handicapping
(15-19) Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (20-15)
Date: Friday, December 31st
Time: 7:30 PM (ET)
Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Hawks +102 | Cavaliers -109 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -1
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
Friday, December 31st the Atlanta Hawks face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second meeting between the clubs with the Cavaliers winning 101-95 on October 23rd. They’ll play once more in Atlanta on February 15th.
Atlanta arrives following a home and home series with Chicago played on Monday and Wednesday with the Bulls winning both contests. The Cavaliers played the front side of this back-to-back set having lost 93-110 to the Wizards on Thursday.
Last season the teams played three times with the Cavaliers winning two of the three contests. The Hawks hold the all-time record having bested the Cavaliers in 124 of their 233 matches.
While the 10th game was postponed on Thursday evening Hawks fans are questioning how it’s possible they have so many players out and are still playing.
Ultimately, it often comes down to when teams learn about positive tests and whether newly signed players also test positive. In the case of the Hawks, they have 12 players in various stages of the health and safety protocols.
To miss that large of a portion of the roster is brutal and yet the Hawks were fortunate that they had Trae Young, Clint Capela, and Cam Reddish available once again speaking to their depth.
Atlanta ranks third offensively (112.1) and 25 defensively (112.0) with a slightly positive net differential (+ 0.1) that places them 16th among their peers.
Lou Williams was the only one in protocols upgraded to probable while the other 11 players were downgraded to out on Friday a group that includes John Collins, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Huerter, Danilo Gallinari, Delon Wright, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, and Onyeka Okongwu.
DeAndre Hunter (wrist) is out indefinitely while Solomon Hill (hamstring) is out for the season.
The shine of the Cinderella season may have dimmed slightly with the news Ricky Rubio did in fact tear his ACL and is lost for the season.
Even if you aren’t a Cavaliers fan this one hurts. In the initial days of Rubio landing in Cleveland, he had to be talked into staying and how vital he role would be. Rubio not only bought in he was reveling in his role having arguably his best season ever.
Punctuating how valuable his impact was the Cavs have already reached out to inquire about Rajon Rondo as they seek to add a veteran point guard to fill the role Rubio played.
Rondo fits the playmaking and defensive side of the equation at a discount but if the Cavs get pushed to spend more keep an eye on Goran Dragic in Toronto particularly if the Cavs suffer regression in the immediate aftermath of the Rubio loss.
To that end, the Cavs have lost two games in a row, albeit it’s much more likely tied to the absence of Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen, and others who are in protocols. Both are questionable for Friday as is Cedi Osman.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Cavaliers are 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games.
- The Hawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games on the road.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 8 games.
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction
Both squads have ample players out but seriously the Hawks are decimated — that said, unless Garland and Allen both suit up I like the odds of Atlanta doing enough to steal the game. BUT — if Garland and/or Allen returns I’m less optimistic in the Hawks winning.
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