Hawks vs. Cavaliers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 24 (Defenses Shine at State Farm Arena)

Devon Platana
Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Nick Wass

Hawks vs. Cavaliers Game Info

  • Date: Friday, February 24, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Venue: State Farm Arena -- Atlanta, Georgia
  • Coverage: BSSE and BSOH

Friday, Feb. 24's NBA schedule includes a 7:30 p.m. ET meeting between the Atlanta Hawks (29-30) and Cleveland Cavaliers (38-24) at State Farm Arena.

The Cavaliers were in action less than 24 hours ago, suffering a 115-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile, tonight is the Hawks' first game following the NBA All-Star Break. They most recently notched a 122-101 loss to the New York Knicks on Feb. 15.

Can the Cavaliers rebound from last night's defeat? Or will the Hawks show they're rejuvenated following the break?

Hawks vs. Cavaliers Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: CLE: (-104) | ATL: (-112)
  • Spread: CLE: +1 (-108) | ATL: -1 (-112)
  • Total: 227 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Hawks enter this contest as slim home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 227 points with -110 odds on both sides.

Hawks vs Cavaliers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Hawks -1 - - 225.5 -110 -110 -112 -104

Hawks vs. Cavaliers Betting Trends

  • The Hawks compiled a 37-45-0 ATS record last year.
  • The Cavaliers went 23-18-2 as underdogs of 1 point or more last season.
  • Hawks games hit the over 43 out of 82 times last season.
  • Last year, 37 of the Cavaliers' 82 games went over the point total.

Hawks vs. Cavaliers Prediction & Pick

The Cavaliers' talented group of big men is one of the reasons why they average the 11th-most points in the paint (52.5). They have a great opportunity to continue that success against the Hawks, who surrendered the fifth-most PITP (53.4). Atlanta will have a tougher time containing Cleveland down low considering that John Collins (concussion) has been ruled out.

The Hawks will likely have issues getting any offense of their own going. While they average 116.4 PPG (No. 8), they have to deal with the Cavaliers, who have the Association's No. 1 scoring defense (106.3 PPG). Considering how the Cavs already contained the Hawks to 102 points in their first meeting of the season, I don't like Cleveland's chances tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Cavaliers: 116 | Hawks: 109

Hawks vs. Cavaliers Best Bet

Just like their first meeting of the season, I don't expect the Cavaliers and Hawks to put up a lot of points tonight. After all, the under is 7-3 in their last 10 meetings. They combined for an average of 216.1 points in those games while finishing with fewer than 227 in each of the last two meetings.

In other words, expect a close-fought, low-scoring contest in A-Town.

Bet: Under 227 Points (-110)

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