Hawks vs Cavaliers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/16/23

Cleveland Cavaliers (13-11) vs Atlanta Hawks (9-13)

Game Info: Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -1.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers do battle at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Saturday night. Here's a Hawks vs Cavaliers prediction.

Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have been in a real funk as they've lost seven of their last nine games overall, but they will be feeling much better after snapping a five-game slide with a 125-104 road win over the Raptors last night. Trae Young led the team with 38 points and 11 assists on 15 of 29 shooting, Bogdan Bogdanovic provided the spark off the bench with 20 points and six assists while Dejounte Murray tallied 17 points with seven rebounds and nine assists. As a team, the Hawks shot 51 percent from the field and 16 of 41 from the 3-point line as they came out looking for revenge and were always in control after taking the early lead.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a funk as they've lost four of their last seven games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a three-game skid after getting beaten by the Celtics in a 116-107 road loss on Thursday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Caris LeVert provided the spark off the bench with 26 points and five assists while Darius Garland chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 48 percent from the field and 11 of 33 from the 3-point line as they got off to a sluggish start and worked hard to cut a 14-point deficit to just three points heading into the fourth quarter where they scored just 20 points to let the Celtics off the hook in the end. The Cavs are 9th in the East with a 13-12 record, right behind the Brooklyn Nets (13-11).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Cavaliers rank 28th in the league for Q4 points per game this season (25.6).
  • The Cavaliers rank 27th in the league for H2 points per game this season (53.5).
  • The Hawks rank 30th in the league for Q1 opponent points per game this season (32.2).
  • The Hawks rank 29th in the league for opponent assists per game this season (28.8).

Hawks vs Cavaliers prediction

The Hawks are still shorthanded with De'Andre Hunter, AJ Griffin and Jalen Johnson all out, while the Cavaliers are still missing Darius Garland, Evan Mobley and Ty Jerome. The Hawks have been one of the most disappointing teams in the league so far this season, but they looked good in last night's win over the Raptors. The Cavaliers have the advantage of an extra days rest but they've been in poor form and will now be missing Garland. It's hard to split these two squads at the moment, but I'm backing the Hawks to build on from last night's win with another win in this one.

Peter’s Pick Atlanta +1.5

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