Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 2/24/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Friday, February 24, 2023
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Atlanta
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+4)
State Farm Arena is where the Atlanta Hawks will try to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Atlanta opens as 4-point favorites. The over/under comes in at 228.
The Cavaliers stepped onto the hardwood against the 76ers and went home with a loss by a final score of 118-112 in their last contest. When discussing fouls, the Cavaliers ended up with 17 while the 76ers had 22 fouls. They made 13 of 27 tries from distance. Philadelphia finished the game at 93.1% from the charity stripe by making 27 of 29 attempts. Furthermore, Philadelphia grabbed 38 rebounds (8 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Philadelphia doled out 24 dimes and had 7 steals for the game. Regarding defense, Cleveland allowed 50.0% from the floor on 39 of 78 shooting. They also doled out 23 assists in this contest as well as forcing 11 turnovers and earning 7 steals. Concerning pulling down boards, they compiled 35 with 10 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Cavaliers converted 20 of 25 shots for a rate of 80.0%. Cleveland walked away from the game having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (41 of 82) and converted 10 of their 30 shots from beyond the arc.
Donovan Mitchell is a guy who was a major factor in this game. He had 33 points on 11 of 24 shooting. He saw the court for 42 minutes and also snagged 5 rebounds. Mitchell ended up going 45.8% from the field and dished out 5 dimes.
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Cleveland heads into this contest with a record of 38-23 so far this year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.9 times per game and as a unit are committing 18.6 personal fouls per game. As a team, Cleveland is pulling in 41.9 boards per game and has racked up 1,520 assists for the season, which is 10th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Cavaliers are connecting on 36.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (698 of 1,921) and 77.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 111.8 pts per contest (26th in basketball) while connecting on 48.9% from the field.
On defense, the Cavaliers are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per game and they draw 21.0 fouls. They are ranked 6th in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,389 surrendered on the campaign. The Cavaliers defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 46.5% (2,371 of 5,095) and they concede 40.2 rebounds per game as a team. They concede 36.6% on 3-point attempts while they are 1st in the league in PPG allowed (106.1).
In their last game, the Hawks went home defeated by a final of 122-101 when they played the Knicks. In relation to rebounds, Atlanta permitted New York to grab 55 in total (10 offensive). They finished 32.6% from downtown by hitting 14 out of 43 and walked away from this one shooting 18 out of 22 at the free throw line (81.8%). The Hawks permitted the Knicks to bury 45 of their 96 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.9% in this game. In all, the Hawks finished the game shooting 40 out of 97 from the field which had them sitting at 41.2%. In terms of shooting from 3-point land, Atlanta buried 5 of 26 tries (19.2%). They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 76.2%. The Knicks earned 21 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Hawks to the free throw line for a total of 21 attempts. They coughed up the ball 4 times, while earning 6 steals in the game. The Hawks were able to collect 32 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 in the game.
De'Andre Hunter ended up being important for the Hawks for the matchup. He made 9 of 15 in this contest for a rate of 60.0%, and had 4 rebounds. Hunter tallied 20 points in his 29 mins on the court and earned 3 assists in this game.
Atlanta has a win-loss record of 29-30 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Hawks are hitting on 47.8% from the floor, which ranks 13th in the league. Atlanta has earned 6,867 points for the year (116.4 per game) and they pull in 43.9 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 24.7 times per contest (20th in basketball) and they turn it over 12.7 times per game. The Hawks have committed 19.0 personal fouls every game while shooting 81.6% from the charity stripe.
The Hawks defensively are ranked 21st in the league in points given up per game with 116.7. They have forced 14.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.8% from the floor (21st in the league). The Atlanta defense surrenders 34.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (694 of 1,989) and their opposition makes 80.3% of their foul shots. They concede 25.6 dimes and 45.6 rebounds every game, which ranks them 17th and 26th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (+4)
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