Cleveland At Atlanta Spread, Free Pick & TV Info
A single game does not really change the entire shape of a season, but there are some NBA fans who believe that things may have been shaken up in a big way on Wednesday night. That just so happened to be when the Boston Celtics took out the Cleveland Cavaliers to close the gap to three games at the top of the Eastern Conference. While many are viewing this game as a sign that the Cavaliers are not the unbeatable force we expect them to be, there are plenty more who see it as just another in a litany of road losses for the Cavs. We won’t really know of this means anything until the playoffs roll around, but the chatter about the Cavaliers may get a little louder if they also stumble in their next game in Atlanta on Friday night. Another loss to one of the better teams in the East may be a sign that not all is well in Cleveland, or it could be another example of this team not really taking things too seriously until the postseason comes around. Find the updated NBA betting odds here.
A Closer Look At The Cavaliers At Hawks Spread, Free Pick & TV Info
When: Friday, March 3 at 7 PM EST
Where: Phillips Arena, Atlanta
Radio: WTAM and WZGC
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers
No-one is really surprised anymore when the Cavaliers take a loss on the road. If you are ever going to bet against them, waiting until they head out on a road trip is always the best way to go. Cleveland are pretty close to unbeatable at home, but are just a rather mediocre 15-12 away from Quicken Loans Arena. That said, this is not a team that really ever gets in too much of a rut, as they have bounced back with a win after each of their last 3 losses. One thing that must also be a little disconcerting, besides the away record, is that Cleveland Cavaliers are just 13-12 versus teams with a winning record this season. Could this be a sign that things might be a little different in the Eastern Conference playoffs this year?
Why bet on the Atlanta Hawks
There have been few tams as tough to figure out in the NBA this season than the Atlanta Hawks. To say that they have been streaky is putting things a little mildly, as they have routinely one from reeling off big winning streaks to going in the tank for extended periods of time. The Hawks have been decent at home, going 17-12 so far, and they are also a game above .500 (13-12) when playing teams with a winning record. It should also be noted that they won their earlier outing versus Cleveland this season, picking up a 110-106 win on the road. It would not be a huge surprise to see them get another win here.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As I mentioned earlier, the Cavaliers are a team that don’t lose back to back games on a very regular basis, which is why I think they will be able to do just enough to get the road win in Atlanta on Friday night.
Cleveland Cavaliers 112 Atlanta Hawks 108