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Cavaliers vs Hawks Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Atlanta Still in Danger of Missing Playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers are streaking at the right time and have their sights set on beating the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. The Cavs clinched their first playoff berth in the post-LeBron James era, while the Hawks are on track to end up in the Play-In tournament. Despite the gap in the standings, the Cavaliers are mere one-point favorites on the NBA lines.

Cavaliers Hitting Stride

The Cavaliers bring a four-game winning streak into Tuesday’s road game in Atlanta. As it turns out, the Cavs’ trade with the Utah Jazz for Donovan Mitchell last year was the final piece of the puzzle for them to return to postseason action for the first time in five years. However, Cleveland can still better its seeding as it is 1½ games behind the Philadelphia 76ers in the number three spot.

Cavaliers vs Hawks Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
Cavaliers vs Hawks Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

From a betting standpoint, the Cavaliers have been a profitable bet online recently, going 3-1 against the spread (ATS) in their previous four games. They are 2-1 ATS in their last three on the road, with a profit of 0.90 units.

On Tuesday, one negative NBA news spot for the Cavaliers is their laundry list of injuries. Danny Green and Raul Neto have been ruled out, while Jarrett Allen, Dean Wade, and Isaac Okoro are questionable to suit up. With a thick cushion between themselves and the fifth-seeded New York Knicks, it’s reasonable that Cleveland would rest them on Tuesday.

Hawks Could Miss Playoffs

While the Cavaliers stepped up and clinched their spot in the postseason over the weekend, the Hawks went 1-1 and remain stuck in a race for the Play-In tournament. Atlanta holds the number eight seed with a four-game lead over the 11th-seeded Washington Wizards. It’s unlikely Atlanta will miss the playoffs outright, but it needs to step up. They cannot alternate between wins and losses, as they’ve done down the home stretch, if they hope to do any damage in the playoffs.

The results for betting on the Hawks at home are not positive, with a 17-19-1 ATS record. It is the eighth worst mark in the NBA, leaving them with a return on investment (ROI) of -9.58%.

The Hawks’ offense is one of the most high-octane groups in the league, thanks to Trae Young and Dejounte Murray averaging over 20 ppg each. But, defense continues to hold the Hawks back, allowing over 117 points per game.

Cavaliers vs Hawks Game Injuries

Cavaliers vs Hawks Head-to-Head

The Cavaliers and Hawks split games this season, each winning at home. The winner of each game also covered the spread as favorites on the NBA betting lines. The Hawks won the most recent matchup 136-119 as one-point favorites on the NBA odds board. Atlanta holds a 5-1 advantage in their last six games since 2021.

Cavaliers vs Hawks Game Information

  • Game: Cavaliers (48-28) vs Hawks (37-38)
  • Location State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, March 28th, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Cavaliers vs Hawks Live stream: NBA Game Pass

Cavaliers vs Hawks Betting Lines

Cavaliers vs Hawks Picks & Prediction

The Hawks are an offensive-first team who leads the NBA in field goals made per game (44.5). In contrast, the Cavaliers play at a snail’s pace, averaging 41.4 per contest. The Cavaliers’ defense allows the fewest points in the NBA and should be able to considerably slow down the Hawks on Tuesday. Because of this, my NBA picks for this game will focus on the total going under.

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

NBA Playoff Picture 2023
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Cavaliers vs Hawks Game Summary

Cavaliers vs Hawks Previous Game (Feb 24, 2023)

The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to face the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. It will be the Hawks’ first game since the All-Star break and the team’s firing of former head coach Nate McMillan. They also did not have a player in the All-Star game, but AJ Griffin appeared in the Rising Star game.

This will be the Cavaliers’ second game since the break, having lost to the Denver Nuggets 115-109 in the first of a back-to-back. Donovan Mitchell was a starter in the All-Star game, almost winning the MVP award, while Evan Mobley competed in the Rising Stars game.

Even with a possible boost from a change in the locker room for the Hawks, they may not beat the Cavaliers. The Hawks do not have a better overall team than the Cavaliers, who have already shaken off the rust from the break after losing to the Nuggets.

Cavaliers vs Hawks Game Summary

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