Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks NBA Picks & Predictions 12/29/2018
Saturday, December 29, 2018
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The Cleveland Cavaliers head to Philips Arena to take on the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, December 29, 2018. The opening line for this game has Atlanta as 3 point favorites.
The Cavaliers have a record of 8-27. They are 5th in the Central Division. They have a point differential of -8.8 as they average 102.3 points per game while giving up 111.1 per contest. The Hawks have an overall mark of 9-24. They currently are 5th in the Southeast Division. They total 109.0 points per contest and give up 118.2, which is a point differential of -9.2.
Valuable Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 17-18-0 against the spread this season
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 16-19-0 against the over/under this year
Important Atlanta Hawks Betting Trends
The Atlanta Hawks are 14-19-0 against the spread this season
The Atlanta Hawks are 18-15-0 against the over/under this year
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/27/18 G David Nwaba Knee is downgraded to out Friday vs Miami
12/27/18 G Rodney Hood Achilles is downgraded to out Friday vs Miami
12/11/18 F Tristan Thompson Foot is doubtful Friday vs Miami
11/26/18 G JR Smith Possible Trade is out indefinitely
11/16/18 F John Henson Wrist is out indefinitely
10/29/18 F Kevin Love Foot is out indefinitely
Key Atlanta Hawks Injuries
12/26/18 C Alex Len Back is doubtful Friday vs Minnesota
12/04/18 SF Taurean Prince Ankle is out indefinitely
Rodney Hood averages 12.9 points per contest in 28.2 minutes per game this year. He averages 2.1 assists per game and 2.4 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% for the season while his free throw percentage is 89%. Jordan Clarkson comes into this game averaging 17.1 points per contest while playing 26.4 minutes per night. He grabs 3.5 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.2 assists per game. His FG percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Kent Bazemore averages 14.0 points per game and he sees the court an average of 27.5 minutes per game. He also hauls in 3.9 rebounds per game and dishes 2.6 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 77%. Trae Young scores 15.5 points per contest while playing 29.2 minutes per game. He hauls in 2.8 rebounds per contest and has 7.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is at 78%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Cavaliers allow 111.1 points per contest which is 17th in the NBA. They also surrender a 49% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 30th and 24th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 43.1 rebounds a game which ranks 6th, and they allow 23.8 assists per game which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 11.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. Cleveland averages 102.3 points per contest, which is 28th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -8.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a unit, which has them ranked 25th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 15th in the NBA. They average 43.6 boards per contest and 19.7 assists per game, which ranks them 24th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 28th with 12.7 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Hawks give up 118.2 points per game, which ranks them 30th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 26th and 30th in those defensive statistics. They rank 30th with 27.5 dimes allowed per game and 21st with 45.9 boards surrendered per contest. The Hawks are 28th in the league in forcing turnovers with 16.3 per contest. Atlanta is 20th in the NBA with 109.0 points per contest this season. They are 24th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -9.2. They shoot 33% from beyond the arc, which is good for 27th in the league. They are 20th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.2 boards per contest and 7th in assists per game with 25.5. The Hawks are 1st in turnovers per contest with 18.1.
The Cavaliers are 24th in the league in defensive rating with 116.3, and their offensive rating of 107.1 is ranked 30th. They are 29th in the NBA in pace with 95.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 29th. As a unit they are 29th in the league in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shot attempts, ranking 28th in the NBA. Cleveland is 25th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 1st in the NBA.
Atlanta is 1st in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 55%, which is 2nd in the league. The Hawks are 29th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104, and their defensive rating of 112.8 is ranked 26th. In terms of pace they are 1st in the league with 104.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 22nd. As a team they are 22nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shots, ranking 5th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Cleveland +3 and over 218.5 total points
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