Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 12/31/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Friday, December 31, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is where the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-14) will go up against the Atlanta Hawks (15-19) on Friday.
The Hawks faced off with the Bulls and took a loss by a final of 131-117 in their last contest. Atlanta finished with a 47.8% field goal percentage (44 of 92) and converted 11 of 26 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Hawks converted 18 of 26 attempts for a rate of 69.2%. When it comes to rebounding, they collected 37 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 26 assists in the matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 6 turnovers and getting 6 steals. Regarding the defense, Atlanta allowed the other team to go 61.9% from the floor on 52 out of 84 shooting. Chicago earned 41 assists and had 38 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Chicago collected 35 boards (6 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 3 blocks. Chicago finished the game at 77.3% when shooting free throws by making 17 of 22 tries. They converted 10 out of their 22 tries from beyond the arc. When it comes to personal fouls, the Hawks walked away with 17 and the Bulls recorded 13 personal fouls.
Clint Capela is a guy who was a factor in this game. He accumulated 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 30 minutes played and totaled 15 rebounds. Capela walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field and recorded 3 assists.
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Atlanta will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 15-19 so far this year. They average 110.3 points per game (10th in the NBA) while hitting 46.0% from the floor. The Hawks are shooting 38.0% on shots from downtown (417 of 1,098) and 80.2% from the free throw line. As a team, Atlanta is pulling down 45.5 boards per game and has accounted for 803 assists for the campaign, which ranks 18th in the NBA in terms of passing. They are turning it over 12.4 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.6 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Hawks are able to force 12.0 turnovers per game while drawing 19.3 personal fouls. They surrender 35.2% on 3-point attempts while they are 24th in basketball in points per game allowed (110.3). The Hawks defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.3% (1,407 of 3,040) and they surrender 43.1 boards per contest as a unit. They currently rank 26th in the league in giving up assists with 879 surrendered for the year.
In their last game, the Cavaliers took a loss by a final score of 108-104 against the Pelicans. In relation to cleaning up the glass, Cleveland permitted New Orleans to pull down 36 in all (8 offensive). They shot 44.4% from three-point range by shooting 16 out of 36 and finished the contest at 20 of 26 from the free throw line (76.9%). The Cavaliers allowed the Pelicans to convert 36 of 80 tries from the field which left them shooting 45.0% in the matchup. Overall, the Cavaliers ended up shooting 37 out of 88 from the floor which had them sitting at 42.0%. In relation to three-point shots, Cleveland buried 14 of 41 attempts (34.1%). They were able to make 16 of the free throws for a rate of 84.2%. The Pelicans had 12 personal fouls in this game which took the Cavaliers to the free throw line for 19 tries. They also gave up possession 7 times, while getting 6 steals for the game. The Cavaliers were able to snag 31 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 42 for the matchup.
Ricky Rubio ended up being a major contributor for the Cavaliers in this game. He converted 10 out of 25 for the game for a field goal rate of 40.0%, and tallied 13 rebounds. Rubio earned 27 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and had 9 dimes in the game.
Cleveland has a mark of 20-14 so far this season. On the offensive side of the court, the Cavaliers are shooting 46.2% from the floor, which is 10th in the league. Cleveland has accounted for 3,666 points this year (107.8 per game) and they average 45.4 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 25.5 times per game (7th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 15.5 times per contest. The Cavaliers are committing 17.0 personal fouls every game and they shoot 79.5% from the free throw line.
The Cavaliers on the defensive side of the court are 2nd in basketball in points allowed per contest with 101.6. They are forcing their opponents into 14.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.0% from the floor (6th in the NBA). The Cleveland defense allows 32.7% on 3-point attempts (369 of 1,128) and opponents are making 75.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 23.5 assists and 43.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 12th and 9th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Atlanta
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