Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/23/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Monday, December 23, 2019
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland -1
Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-21, 5th in the Central Division) host the Atlanta Hawks (6-24, 5th in the Southeast Division) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Monday, December 23, 2019. The line on this game has Cleveland as 1 point favorites. The O/U has been set at 225.
The Hawks are covering the spread 43.3% of the time, having gone 13-17-0 ATS. Cleveland is covering the spread 39.3% of the time, going 11-17-1 against the spread.
Key Atlanta Hawks Injuries
12/21/2019 Evan Turner SG Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Dec 23
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/13/2019 Dylan Windler SG Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Dec 27
Trae Young comes into this contest averaging 29.0 points per game while playing 35.5 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 8.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 85%. Jabari Parker averages 15.6 points per game in 26.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.8 assists per contest and 6.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 73%.
Kevin Love averages 16.1 points per game while playing 30.2 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 10.8 rebounds per game and has 2.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 85%. Collin Sexton averages 17.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.0 rebounds per contest and 2.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Useful Team Statistics
Atlanta averages 108.5 points per contest this season, which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -10.0 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 22nd. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 30th in the league. They average 42.1 rebounds per game and 23.3 assists per game, which ranks them 28th and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 1st with 17.0 per game. The Hawks allow 118.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 27th and 18th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.9 rebounds a game which ranks 26th and they give up 24.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 21st place in the league. They force 16.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland is 28th in the league with 103.9 points per game this year. They are 24th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -9.5. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 25th in the NBA. They are 21st in the league in rebounding with 44.2 boards per game, and 28th in assists per contest with 21.6. The Cavaliers are 9th in turnovers per game with 15.9. The Cavaliers surrender 113.4 points per contest, which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 49% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 29th and 28th in those defensive statistics. They rank 27th with 26.0 assists allowed per contest and 7th with 43.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Cavaliers are 2nd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12.8 per game.
The Hawks are 29th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.4, and their defensive rating of 114 is ranked 28th. In terms of pace they are 7th in the league with 102.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 25th. As a team they are 24th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 14th in the league. Atlanta is 4th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 7th in the league.
Cleveland is 6th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 56%, which is 2nd in the NBA. The Cavaliers are 26th in the league in defensive rating with 114.7, and their offensive rating of 105.1 is ranked 29th. They are 25th in the NBA in pace with 98.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 26th. As a unit they are 27th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 18th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Hawks/Cavaliers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Atlanta +1
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