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Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/29/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Cavaliers (8-28) at Atlanta Hawks (10-24)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -4 -- Over/Under: 218.5
TV Channel
FSSE, FSOH
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks meet Saturday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.

The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a feel good victory that would snap a five-game losing streak. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.1 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 17.1 points and 2.2 assists while Collin Sexton is averaging 14.9 points and 2.6 assists. Rodney Hood is the third double-digit scorer and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 11.6 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost their last four road games.

The Atlanta Hawks look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 109 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 118.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 18.6 points and 10 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 15.5 points and 7.2 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.2 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have split their last six home games.

The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Cavaliers are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Cavaliers last 6 road games. The over is 7-3 in Hawks last 10 home games.

It's not often you see the Atlanta Hawks as a favorite, but that just explains how bad the Cleveland Cavaliers have been this season. The Cavs are getting waxed nearly every time they take the floor and it doesn't help that some of their better players are sitting out for every little thing. The Atlanta Hawks are finding ways to win games and just beat the Minnesota Timberwolves last night as big underdogs. I'm not sure how long it lasts, but the Hawks are a more attractive option than the Cavs. I'll lay the reasonable chalk for obvious reasons.

Pick:
Atlanta Hawks -4

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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