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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 10/7/15 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (0-0) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (0-0)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday October 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Cintas Center)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -3 -- Over/Under: 192 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBATV

The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers open their preseason with a Wednesday matchup at the Cintas Center.

The Atlanta Hawks hope to build on a season that produced 60 wins and their eighth straight playoff appearance. The Hawks head into the preseason with pretty much the same team that produced last year’s success with Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague holding down the fort. The veterans for Atlanta are unquestioned, it’s now about finding depth off the bench that can really get the Hawks over the hump in the East. Whether it’s Tim Hardaway Jr., Shelvin Mack or even rookie Terran Petteway, others have to take that next step in their career if the Hawks are going to be considered serious championship contenders this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 10/7/15 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Cavaliers head into the 2015 season with goals of returning to the NBA Championship and winning a ring. Everybody knows about LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and the rest of the gang, but the Cavs need others behind those guys to be difference makers this season. The addition of Mo Williams and return of Anderson Varejao should help the Cavs this season. As far as the preseason is concerned, players such as Sir'Dominic Pointer, Joe Harris and Jared Cunningham will be given a shot to earn some playing time moving forward. The Cavs are already an established team, so this preseason is about the one or two guys who can come out of nowhere and make a difference in a title run.

LeBron expects to play a bit in this game and the Cavs are far deeper than the Hawks when healthy. This is a toss-up game and the lack of home court makes it even tougher. However, the Cavs are likely going to play their starters 25 minutes or so, and I'll take my chances with that.

Give me the Cavs and lay the bucket. 

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Cleveland Cavaliers -3

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