The Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday evening at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in the night's first tip-off. Cleveland is 0-2, while Atlanta is 1-0. The Cavs also failed to cover in their opening two games, while Atlanta easily covered as a 2.5-point favorite in a 113-87 win over the Mavericks to open the year.
Tip-off is at 6 p.m. ET. Atlanta is favored by 7.5 points in the latest Cavs vs. Hawks odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 222.5. Before entering any Hawks vs. Cavaliers picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Cavaliers vs. Hawks spread: Hawks -7.5
- Cavaliers vs. Hawks over-under: 222.5 points
What you need to know about the Cavaliers
The Cavaliers fell 123-112 to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. Despite the loss, Cleveland got a solid performance out of point guard Collin Sexton, who had 33 points. The Cavs shot just 29 percent from 3-point range in that loss and committed 19 turnovers. They'll need to improve in both areas to stay competitive in this one.
Point guard Darius Garland (ankle) remains day-to-day. Cleveland has an intriguing mix of young talent such as Sexton, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley to mix in with veterans like Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. But after a 22-50 campaign last year, the Cavs also certainly have their work cut out for them in 2021-22.
What you need to know about the Hawks
Meanwhile, Atlanta won all four quarters in a decisive season-opening victory over Dallas. The matchup was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point the Hawks had established an 86-64 advantage. They relied on the efforts of John Collins, who had 16 points in addition to nine rebounds, and Trae Young, who dropped a double-double on 19 points and 14 assists.
All five starters scored in double digits and Cam Reddish also came off the bench and scored 20 in that win. The Hawks made a surprising run to the Eastern Conference Finals last year and have high hopes again this year with an impressive young core. They were also one of the better teams against the spread last season with a 55.1 percent cover rate.
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