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Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/6/13

Cleveland Cavaliers (6-12) at Atlanta Hawks (10-10)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds


The Atlanta Hawks look to continue their dominance over the Cleveland Cavaliers in prime time NBA action.

Head to head, the Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings while the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Hawks are 5-0 ATS playing on 1 days rest, but just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The Cavaliers on the other hand are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games, 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southeast and 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall.

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/6/13

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Atlanta Hawks, but they are coming off their best win of the season on Wednesday night as they defeated the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 107-97 to improve to 10-10 overall. Prior to that victory, the Hawks had lost five of their last six, which included back-to-back home losses to Orlando and Boston by a combined 24 points. Atlanta is clearly at their best when they are scoring the basketball at a high rate, which is what they have done recently as they have topped 100 points in each of their last three outings. Prior to that, the Hawks had failed to reach the 100 point plateau in their previous seven games after opening the season with seven straight over the 100 point mark.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off consecutive wins over Chicago and Denver, but both games came on their home floor, where they have actually played ok to start the season. However, when they hit the road it’s a completely different story as they have dropped nine of their 10 contests thus far.  Not only that, but the Cavs haven’t even been competitive in those games as they have gone 2-8 against the spread. Just to show you have bad they have been, their last two losses on the road in San Antonio and Boston have come by a combined 47 points.

I just don’t see how you can take Cleveland here given the rubbish they have produced on the road this season. There is a chance that those two home wins will turn things around for them, but I doubt it. Meanwhile, the Hawks are playing good basketball again and they are back to their high scoring ways from the first three weeks of the season when they were scoring over 100 points with ease. Have to take a good home team against a bad road team here....

Dan’s Pick: Atlanta -6.5

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