Cleveland Cavaliers (31-22) at Atlanta Hawks (17-38)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 9, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +1.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks meet Friday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.
The Cleveland Cavaliers need another victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 109.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.5 points and 8.7 assists while Jeff Green is averaging 10.5 points and 3.4 rebounds. Kyle Korver is dishing 1.3 assists and JR Smith is grabbing three rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost six straight road games.
The Atlanta Hawks could use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 19.4 points and 6.4 assists while Kent Bazemore is averaging 13.1 points and four rebounds. Taurean Prince is the third double-digit scorer and Marco Belinelli is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.6 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have split their last eight home games.
The Cavaliers are 2-14 ATS in their last 16 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 14-36-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Cavaliers are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I'm not sure how the Atlanta Hawks are the underdog here when the Cleveland Cavaliers don't have a full roster. Not only did the Cavs trade away half their team, but Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson are all listed as doubtful for this contest. So, basically Cleveland will be playing LeBron, Klye Korver and who else? Assuming the status doesn't change for those guys, I'll gladly take the Hawks considering they're playing three guys.