Hawks vs. Cavaliers - 12/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (18-12) at Atlanta Hawks (22-8)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, TSOH, NBATV
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks play Tuesday night at the Philips Arena.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for some consistency as they’ve split their last 10 games. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 102.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 99.4 points on 46.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.2 points and 7.6 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 20.2 points and 5.3 assists. Kevin Love is shooting 43.4 percent from the field and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to have issues on the defensive end, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 46.2 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from deep in their last five games. The Cavs have lost five of their last six games when allowing 100-plus points and are coming off a game against Detroit where they allowed 17 threes.
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The Atlanta Hawks have won six of their last seven games and continue to emerge as an East contender. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 101.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting and are allowing 97.3 points on 44 percent shooting. Jeff Teague is averaging 16.6 points and 6.9 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Kyle Korver is shooting 49.2 percent from the field. The Atlanta Hawks keep winning games with their defense that’s allowed less than 100 points in nine of their last 13 games. The Hawks are allowing teams to shoot 42.4 percent from the field in their last five games and just held the Bucks to 38.8 percent shooting in Saturday’s victory. The Hawks are slowly looking like a team that could win the East.
The Cavaliers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Hawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Hawks remain one of the hottest teams in the league and the Cavs just can't figure things out and are getting frustrated. Atlanta has to be the pick here.