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Cavaliers vs. Hawks - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (17-7) at Cleveland Cavaliers (14-9)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds


The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers play Wednesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Atlanta Hawks have won 10 of their last 11 games and begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 102 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 96.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Jeff Teague leads Atlanta with 16.8 points and seven assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.6 rebounds per game and Kyle Korver is shooting 51.8 percent from the field. The Atlanta Hawks defense continues to lead the way during this stretch, allowing 87.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting in their last five games. While the Hawks offense gets a lot of the credit, they’re 13-1 SU this season when allowing less than 100 points. Pero Antic has been upgraded to probable for this game despite having the flu.

Cavaliers vs. Hawks - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Cleveland Cavaliers are finally getting going with wins in nine of their last 11 games. On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 103.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 98.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.6 points and 7.8 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 20.4 points and 5.2 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.5 rebounds and Dion Waiters is shooting 39.6 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers are winning games but still have a ways to go, especially defensively where they’re allowing teams to shoot 48.1 percent from the field in their last five games. The Cavs have lost four of their last six games when allowing 100-plus points. Mike Miller is questionable for this game with a concussion.

The Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

This line opened up with the Cavs favored by eight, which gives this line some value. The Hawks have shown they can play with some of the top teams in the league, but five of their seven losses this year have come on the road. With the way the Cavs are playing right now, I'll take Cleveland and the reasonable chalk. 

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