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Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 4/1/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (52-22) at Atlanta Hawks (45-31)

NBA Basketball: Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks do battle at the Philips Arena on Friday night.

The Cavaliers have won nine of their last 13 games and they'll be looking to stay hot after last night's 107-87 win over the Nets. LeBron James led the way with 24 points on eight of 11 shooting with 11 assists while Kevin Love added 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Cavs made light work of the shorthanded Nets team who rested their leading scorer in Brook Lopez. Coach Tyronn Lue was able to rest his starters in the final period as the Cavs were torching the Nets, leading by as many as 32 points in the fourth quarter. With the easy win, Cleveland improves to 52-22 overall which leaves them in first place in the Eastern Conference with a two-game lead over Toronto.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 4/1/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Hawks have won nine of their last 11 games but they'll be looking to bounce back after having a four-game win streak snapped by the Raptors in a 105-97 loss on Wednesday. Jeff Teague led the team with 18 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 15 points while Dennis Schroder added 13, but the Hawks just didn't match the level of intensity from the Raptors and they got burned. In fact, the Hawks trailed by as many as 24 points late in the third quarter before a late barrage of threes kept the final score respectable. With the loss, Atlanta falls to 45-31 on the season which is good for third place in the Eastern Conference with a one-game lead over Boston, Miami and Charlotte.

In ATS trends, the Cavs are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, while the Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall.

Head to head, the Cavs are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

I'm not sure why a healthy Cavs team is laying points here. Assuming LeBron and others play, Cleveland and the free bucket is where the value is at. I'll take the Cavaliers against a Hawks team that's struggled against above-average teams. 

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