Atlanta Hawks (1-8 SU, 2-6-1 ATS, 4-4-1 O/U) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-5 SU, 2-7 ATS, 5-4 O/U)
NBA: Sunday, November 5, 2017, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, 3 pm ET
Line: Cleveland -11; Over/Under: 215.5
It’s a matchup of sub-.500 Eastern Conference foes on the shores of Lake Erie. The sliding Atlanta Hawks are on the road as they battle the defending Eastern Conference champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday afternoon. Atlanta lost its eighth in a row as they were dropped 119-104 at home by the Rockets Friday night. Cleveland snapped a four game skid by powering past the Wizards, 130-122, on the road Friday. The Hawks have a 120-100 lead in the all-time regular season series between the teams and took three of the four matchups last season.
Atlanta Hawks Continuing to Sink in Eastern Conference Standings
Atlanta saw their early season struggles continue with their eighth straight loss after winning their season opener over Dallas. The Hawks trailed by 11 points after the opening quarter and were down 18 at halftime. Atlanta’s attempts to rally never really materialized as their defense was suspect once again. The Hawks shot 48.1 percent from the field and went 11 of 33 from beyond the arc. Atlanta turned the ball over 18 times, allowed Houston to hit 47.2 percent from the floor and knock down 16 threes. Kent Bazemore led the Hawks with 18 points in the loss.
The Hawks are 24th in the league in scoring offense with 101.1 points per game this season. Atlanta is 22nd in the league in rebounding (42.3 rpg) and 23rd with 20.4 assists per contest. The Hawks are tied for 24th in the NBA in scoring defense as they allow 110.1 points per game. Dennis Schroder leads the team with 21.7 points plus 6.3 assists per contest. Marco Belinelli contributes 12.2 points plus 2.6 assists, Taurean Prince kicks in 14 points plus 5.8 rebounds a game and John Collins adds 10.6 points with 7.8 rebounds per contest. Dewayne Dedmon, Ersan Ilyasova, Malcolm Delaney, Kent Bazemore (13.1 points, two steals) and Mike Muscala have to contribute on the offensive end. The Hawks are 25th in the league by shooting 43.2 percent from the floor as a team. Atlanta is 22nd in the league with 9.7 made three pointers a night and tied for 12th in three point shooting as the team hits 36.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Cleveland Cavaliers Try to Get Back to .500
Cleveland snapped a four game losing streak by putting on an offensive show and riding their superstar to the win. The Cavaliers now have a chance to get back to the .500 mark with a win here at home. Cleveland scored 74 points in the first half and held off Washington’s attempts to make a run in the contest late. The Cavaliers shot a blistering 56.1 percent from the field in the contest and knocked down 12 of 27 three point attempts in the game. Cleveland also took advantage of Washington missing 10 free throws and forced 16 Wizards turnovers. LeBron James led the Cavaliers with a season-high 57 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
The Cavaliers are 9th in the league in scoring last season with 107.8 points per game. Cleveland is 24th in rebounding with 41.9 caroms a night while the team stands 18th with 21.3 assists per contest. The Cavaliers are below average defensively, ranking 27th in scoring defense by allowing 113 points per game. LeBron James averages a team high 29.1 points while collecting 7.4 boards and dishing 8.7 assists per game while Kevin Love is good for 17.6 points plus 11 boards per contest while Derrick Rose is chipping in 16 points a night. Jeff Green averages 10.2 points per contest. J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver (9.6 points), Iman Shumpert, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder and Tristan Thompson are some of the rotation guys that can step up and have a big game. Cleveland is 5th in the league by shooting 47.6 percent from the field. The Cavaliers are 15th in the league in made threes with 10.2 triples a night while ranking tied for 18th in three point shooting by shooting 37.6 percent from downtown.
- Hawks are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference
- Hawks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Hawks are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- Cavaliers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 day of rest
Atlanta has been dismal out of the gates this season as they’ve been unable to put together a solid outing on both ends of the floor in the same game. The Hawks now have to deal with a Cleveland team, that while shorthanded, still has some firepower, as the Wizards found out Friday night. Atlanta doesn’t have the weapons to compete with what the Cavaliers can put up on the board. Cleveland has struggled this season against sub-.500 teams but this one works in their favor: give the points and take the Cavaliers here.