Atlanta Hawks v Cleveland – Philips Arena at 19:30 ET
The only negative from the Cleveland Cavaliers latest blow out win in their current nine-game winning run was seeing LeBron James ejected for the first time in his career. James was not very happy with the call to throw him out of the game either when it happened or in the cold light of day, and an angry LeBron James does not normally mean good news for his opponents.
There won’t be a suspension so James will be ready to go on Thursday as the Cavaliers play for a third time in four days. However, the bonus of having a blow out in hand by the Fourth Quarter is that the starters receive plenty of rest and that should set Cleveland up for another big performance here.
They face the Atlanta Hawks who look like one of the weakest teams in the NBA as they continue the transition of the franchise. The Hawks have lost four of their last five games and they were blown out by the Toronto Raptors in their last game here, while the Cleveland Cavaliers have to be playing with some revenge on their minds having lost a home game to Atlanta earlier this season.
It does look the Cavaliers match up pretty well with the Atlanta Hawks in this game with the Hawks really struggling on the Defensive side of the court. A highly confident Cleveland team won’t have too many issues exploiting that if they come out as hot as they did against Miami a couple of days ago, while the Cavaliers continue bringing the intensity on the Defensive side of the court which is helping them pull away from opponents.
Difficulty defending the three-point arc is not helped by the fact that Atlanta has lost some intensity on the boards and I think Cleveland will prove to be too good on the day and can record yet another double-digit win.
The Cavaliers have been a much better team to back on the road than they have at home so far this season, while they are 5-2 against the spread in the last seven in Atlanta. Cleveland is now 15-5-1 against the spread in their last twenty-one road games, while the Hawks have some poor numbers going against them when facing teams with strong winning records like the Cavaliers have.
It does look a number that could be problematic if Cleveland is not focused, but an angry LeBron James can guide them to win ten in a row and cover this number.
Handicap Betting Recommendation: Cleveland Cavaliers – 7.5 Points at 1.92
Contact us directly if you want to place your bets based on the above picks.
Not yet a member? Join Eastbridge for the best prices in US Sports!