Cleveland vs Atlanta Pro Hoops Odds

Posted by Aaron . on March 31, 2016 in

On Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Atlanta Hawks in NBA online betting action. The Cavs lost, 106-100, at home to Houston on Tuesday night, and they face the Brooklyn Nets at home on Thursday before heading south to take on Atlanta. The Hawks (45-31) are in first place in the Southeast division but just fell in Toronto on Wednesday night, 105-97.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks Pro Hoops Odds

When: Friday, April 1, 2016, 8:00pm ET
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
TV: ESPN, FSSE, FSOH
Radio: WZGC 92.9 FM The Game Atlanta
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com
NBA Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Cavaliers?

The Cavaliers are having a hard time balancing winning now, in order to give themselves the best possible playoff seeding, and resting key players so they will be fresh for the postseason. They saw this happen on Tuesday, when James Harden led a thunderous comeback by the Rockets to knock off Cleveland at home, while LeBron James was on the bench in street clothes (although he did occasionally join Tyronn Lue in walking up and down the sideline to coach the team). With Irving and Smith potentially out for both the Nets and Hawks games, LeBron will now have to shoulder a lot of the load against a stout Atlanta team.

Why should you put your money on Atlanta?

Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith missed the morning shootaround on Thursday for the Cavaliers due to illness and were questionable for Thursday night’s game against Brooklyn at this writing. You’ll want to check injury updates for these two, as they would take a lot of starch out of the Cavs’ offense. I would expect Tyronn Lue to let one or both of them rest against a Brooklyn team that should not be that much of a problem, but you will want to check out game reports to see. The Hawks had won four games in a row before losing in Toronto, taking back first place in the Southeast from the Miami Heat. Their solid play inside has been the difference, and this is an area in which Cleveland has been inconsistent.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Hawks to continue their momentum and take down Cleveland at home. I’m predicting a 106-103 finish in favor of Atlanta.