The Atlanta Hawks have gone more than two years without posting a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, losing each of their last three meetings. Atlanta dropped both meetings between the teams last season before suffering a 96-91 setback at home on Jan. 2. The Hawks (13-17) hope to end the skid and post consecutive wins for the first time in a month when they visit the Cavaliers (10-21) on Tuesday. Atlanta last defeated Cleveland on Dec. 29, 2018, when it registered a 111-108 victory at home.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists Atlanta as an eight-point favorite, while the over-under is 228 in the latest Hawks vs. Cavaliers odds. Before finalizing any Cavaliers vs. Hawks picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Hawks vs. Cavaliers spread: Atlanta -8
- Hawks vs. Cavaliers over-under: 228 points
- Hawks vs. Cavaliers money line: Atlanta -330, Cleveland +270
- ATL: The Hawks are 0-5 against the spread in their last five meetings with Cleveland
- CLE: The Cavaliers are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight-up loss
Why the Hawks can cover
Trae Young is averaging a team-leading 26.9 points this season and has been even better of late. Over his last three games, the 22-year-old point guard has gone 34-for-55 from the field -- including 11-for-23 from 3-point range -- to average 35.3 points. Young is eighth in the NBA in scoring and ranks third in the league with 9.5 assists per contest.
The Hawks had six players reach double figures in points in their meeting with Cleveland earlier this season, with Young (16, 10 assists) and Clint Capela (16, 16 rebounds) each recording a double-double. The 26-year-old Capela also has increased his output of late, scoring at least 22 points in three straight contests. The center leads the league in rebounding (13.9) and ranks third with an average of 2.2 blocks per game.
Why the Cavaliers can cover
Cleveland had three players with 21 or more points in Sunday's 117-101 home loss to Oklahoma City. Collin Sexton led the club with 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting while Jarrett Allen hit all 11 of his attempts from the field to finish with a career-high 26 points. The 22-year-old Allen also grabbed 17 rebounds to finish with his fourth consecutive double-double and 12th overall this season.
Sexton, who leads the Cavaliers in scoring with 22.9 points, also recorded 27 in the team's 96-91 victory in Atlanta on Jan. 2. That effort was the sixth during his season-opening run of 10 straight contests with at least 20 points. Darius Garland registered 21 points on Sunday and is averaging 16.5 along with 5.3 assists over his last 10 games.
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