The Cleveland Cavaliers (19-8) can extend an eight-game home winning streak when they clash against the Atlanta Hawks (6-20) at Quicken Loans Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Ohio.
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In the Hawks last matchup, they lost to the New York Knicks, 111-107. Ersan Ilyasova had a good game for Atlanta, putting up 20 points. New York had a turnover percentage of 11.2 (better than their season average of 14.4). Atlanta, on the other hand, held the Knicks to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.1 (below their season average of 26.4).
The Cavaliers hope to keep it rolling after beating the Philadelphia 76ers in their last game, 105-98. Cleveland was led by LeBron James, who registered 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists. This gave him his second triple-double this season. Cleveland dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.253 (above their season average of 0.227) and a turnover percentage of 16.5 (worse than their season average of 13.2). Philadelphia had marks of 0.167 and 18.5, respectively, for those same stats.
The high-octane offense of Cleveland (third in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 111.2) will square off against the bottom-tier defense of Atlanta (28th in the league with a defensive efficiency of 108.6). The Cavaliers figure to have the edge on that end of the court. Also, the Hawks, who rank 23rd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.179), will battle against the Cavaliers, who rank fifth in opponents FTA rate (0.173).
Of Atlanta’s 26 games, 14 have finished over the O/U total, while 14 of Cleveland’s 27 games have finished over the O/U total. The Cavaliers hold the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (19-8 vs. 6-20), but the Hawks have the better against the spread (ATS) record (13-12-1 vs. 10-16-1).
These two teams have met twice already this year, each winning once. James put up 24 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in the most recent matchup, in which the Cavaliers topped the Hawks 121-114 but could not cover as 7.5-point favorites. The two teams combined to score 235 points, which was 17.5 points above the projected point total of 217.5 points. The Cavaliers played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 36.4 and an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.633. The Hawks were 22.2 and 0.595, respectively, for those same stats.
Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Under
- The Cavaliers rank fifth in blocks allowed per game (4.0) while the Hawks rank 19th (5.0).
- Cleveland ranks 20th in rebounds per game (42.2) while Atlanta ranks 25th (40.2).
- Cleveland ranks 15th in second chance points allowed per game (12.1) while Atlanta ranks 29th (14.0).
- On the road, Atlanta is 7-6-1 ATS with 8 unders and 6 overs.
- At home, Cleveland is 2-11-1 ATS with 7 overs and 7 unders.
- Cleveland is 9-0 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Atlanta is 1-2.
- The Cavaliers are 19-6 when they reach the century mark, while the Hawks are 6-12.
- The Hawks average 18.6 points off turnovers per game, which ranks sixth in the league. The Cavaliers rank 15th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.8).
- Cleveland ranks third in three pointers attempted per game (32.4) while Atlanta ranks 28th in three pointers allowed per game (32.5).
- The Hawks average 23.2 assists per game, which ranks seventh in the league. The Cavaliers rank 27th in assists allowed per game (25.0).
- The Cavaliers rank 15th in points in the paint per game (43.4) while the Hawks rank 18th in points allowed in the paint per game (45.2).
- Atlanta ranks fourth in steals per game (8.8) while Cleveland ranks 23rd (7.0).
- Cleveland is 2-3 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Atlanta is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
- The Cavaliers average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.2, up from 3.3 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Hawks have scored an average of 106.8 points per game (3.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 108.6 points per game (0.2 below their season average).