Cleveland Cavaliers (14-23) at Atlanta Hawks (17-20)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm (State Farm Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks collide at the State Farm Arena on Sunday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won four of their last six games, but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting routed by the Pelicans in a 116-82 road loss on Friday. Collin Sexton led the team with 19 points on seven of 18 shooting, Quinn Cook added 13 points off the bench while Larry Nance Jr. chipped in with 11 points, but no other player scored more than eight points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 34 percent from the field and seven of 32 from the 3-point line as they struggled early on and fell behind by 21 points going into halftime, before the margin blew out to 40 points in the third quarter where the Cavaliers scored just nine points.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have been in fine form as they’ve won seven of their past 11 games and they will be looking to build on their current four-game win streak after taking down the Kings in a 121-106 home win on Saturday. Trae Young led the team with 28 points and nine assists, Clint Capela added 24 points with 14 rebounds and two blocks while John Collins chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Hawks shot 51 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line as they looked in trouble after falling behind by 14 points in the first quarter, before responding in the second quarter where they outscored the Kings by 39-18 to set up the win.
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Hawks are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record, 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 games playing on zero days’ rest and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall, the Cavaliers are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Atlanta and the Cavaliers are 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Cavaliers have shown some glimpses of their potential this season, but they’re still an inconsistent team and must be low on confidence after Friday’s 34-point loss to the Pelicans. The Hawks have really been on a nice run as they’ve reeled off four straight wins and it’s no surprise that it’s been Young who has led from the front. Darius Garland is expected to be return in this one which is a boost for the Cavaliers, but I’m sticking with the more reliable Hawks to stay hot with another win here.