Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks February 24 Betting Preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers (38-24) will look to get back in the win column against the Atlanta Hawks (29-30) on Friday night. Cleveland, in its first game back from the All-Star break, lost 115-109 at home to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. Nikola Jokic had a triple-double as the Nuggets outscored the Cavs 26-18 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
Atlanta, meanwhile, had Thursday night off. They're eighth in the Eastern Conference, 3.5 games back of the New York Knicks for the sixth and final guaranteed playoff spot.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Preview
Cleveland was 25-6 at home before losing to Denver on Thursday night. They're not a very good road team, however, as they bring a 13-17 road record into tonight's game against the Hawks. They're 7-3 overall in their last 10 games.
The Cavs have been a streaky team this season. They won seven in a row before losing their last game before the break to the Philadelphia 76ers. They've been among the best teams in the East this season, but have struggled against other top teams. Cleveland has two games each against the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat in their next seven games, so it's crucial they pick up a win against Atlanta.
Atlanta Hawks Betting Preview
Point guard Trae Young leads the Hawks into the final stretch of the season, hoping to secure a playoff spot. Young is leading the team in scoring with 26.7 PPG. He's also averaging 10.3 assists per game and has one of the highest usage rates in the league at 33.2 percent.
Young has had a few poor shooting nights in his recent games, but he's recorded at least 11 assists in each of his last five contests. He won't have the benefit of finding forward John Collins for an easy dime in the paint, however, as the big man has been ruled out for Friday's game due to a concussion - Collins is averaging 13.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this season.
Atlanta is 15-12 at home this season. They're 4-6 in their last 10 games and lost back-to-back games to the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks before the All-Star break.
Cavaliers vs. Hawks Betting Odds And Prediction
The Hawks are -1 point favorites tonight, which is a little surprising even if the Cavaliers aren't a great road team. Atlanta has the benefit of rest, while Cleveland is playing the second half of a back-to-back. The over/under for the game is 227.
The over is the most attractive bet here. Atlanta scores 116.4 PPG, which ranks sixth in the league. They've scored at least 116 points in three of their last four games, and Cleveland has at least 109 in three consecutive games. Three of the last four games between the Cavs and Hawks had totals higher than 227.5.
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