Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 4/4/14
Cleveland Cavaliers (30-45) at Atlanta Hawks (32-41)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers take the trip to the Philips Arena to battle the Atlanta Hawks tonight.
It looks like the Cavaliers will fight for the last playoff spot as long as it's mathematically possible because despite the injury to Kyrie Irving, they've somehow managed to win five of their last six games. After stunning the Pacers by double digits on Sunday, the Cavs hit the ground running against the Magic on Wednesday and stormed their way to a 119-98 win thanks to 26 points from Dion Waiters and 20 points each from Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes. As a team, the Cavs shot 58 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three-point line and led by 70-47 at the half before taking their foot off the gas. With the win, Cleveland remains two games behind New York for the last playoff spot in the East.
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Meanwhile, the Hawks are two games ahead of the Cavs but continue to fade from the playoff picture as they are coming off their seventh loss in eight games. On Wednesday, the Hawks hit the ground running and poured on 31 points in the first quarter against the Bulls, but just couldn't keep it up, eventually falling by 105-92. Paul Millsap had a nice double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Teague added 21 and Kyle Korver had 11, but no one else finished in double figures as the Hawks struggled against the Bulls' defense. The difference was in the bench scoring where the Bulls had the luxury of 23 points from DJ Augustin compared to a combined 29 points from the entire Hawks bench. With the loss, Atlanta fall to ninth in the East with an identical record to New York.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games overall and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games, while the Hawks are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a loss and 5-22-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
Head to head, the Cavs are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Atlanta.
I'm definitely leaning towards the surging Cavs but I'll have to wait for the odds before I can post my free pick.
I know the Hawks need this win but the Cavs are just playing so freely at the moment and it's been fun to watch.