The Atlanta Hawks (4-16) look to snap the nine-game winning streak of Cleveland when they welcome the Cavaliers (14-7) to Philips Arena. The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 215.5 points with Cleveland set as a 7-point favorite. Action begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 30, 2017, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Ohio.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks Free Preview
In the Cavaliers last contest, they beat the Miami Heat, 108-97. Kevin Love was the top scorer from either team with 38 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Cleveland played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.210 (matching their season average) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.562 (above their season average of 0.543). Miami recorded marks of 0.155 and 0.500, respectively, for those same stats.
The Hawks are hoping for a better outcome after their 112-78 loss to the Toronto Raptors in their last outing. Dennis Schroder led Atlanta in scoring with 14 points on 4-for-11 shooting. Toronto had an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.6 (above their season average of 20.7). Atlanta, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (20-23; 87.0 percent).
Atlanta may have difficulty getting to the charity stripe in this matchup. The Hawks rank 27th in the NBA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.169, while Cleveland ranks fifth in FTA rate allowed (0.175). Additionally, the Cavaliers rank fourth in offensive efficiency (110.1), while the Hawks rank 24th in defensive efficiency (108.2).
Of Cleveland’s 21 games, 12 have finished over the projected point total, while 10 of Atlanta’s 20 games have finished over the projected point total. The Cavaliers have the better straight up (SU) record (14-7 vs. 4-16), but both teams have similar against the spread (ATS) records. Cleveland is 8-12-1 ATS, while Atlanta is 8-11-1 ATS.
These teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to score 232 points in that game, which was over the projected point total of 220. The Hawks won 117-115, covering as 11-point underdogs. Atlanta did a great job of getting and making free throws (24-34; 70.6 percent). Cleveland, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (10.9 vs. 14.4). Schroder was the games top overall scorer with 28 points.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Over
- The Cavaliers rank third in blocks allowed per game (4.1) while the Hawks rank 18th (5.0).
- Cleveland ranks 17th in rebounds per game (43.0) while Atlanta ranks 26th (40.4).
- Cleveland ranks 13th in second chance points per game (12.5) while Atlanta ranks 25th in second chance points allowed per game (13.7).
- On the road, Cleveland is 7-3 ATS with 6 overs and 4 unders.
- Atlanta is 4-5 ATS at home with 6 overs, 2 unders and 1 push.
- When allowing under 100 points, Atlanta is 1-2 and Cleveland is 6-0.
- The Hawks are 4-9 when they reach the century mark, while the Cavaliers are 14-5.
- The Cavaliers rank 14th in points in the paint per game (44.2) while the Hawks rank 25th (40.3).
- Cleveland ranks fifth in three pointers attempted per game (32.0) while Atlanta ranks 28th in three pointers allowed per game (32.5).
- The Hawks rank fourth in steals per game (8.9) while the Cavaliers rank 23rd (6.9).
- The Cavaliers rank 14th in points off turnovers per game (18.0) while the Hawks rank 20th in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.1).
- Atlanta averages 23.1 assists per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. Cleveland ranks 28th in assists allowed per game (24.9).
- Atlanta is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Cleveland is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
- The Hawks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 11.4, up from 6.0 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 111.2 points per game (0.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 96.8 points per game (11.7 below their season average).