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Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews


The Atlanta Hawks (15-19) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-14) will collide in NBA Eastern Conference Inter-Division competition at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland on Friday, December 31, 2021, at 7:30 PM ET. Atlanta comes into this match-up with a three-game losing skid including a back-to-back loss to the Chicago Bulls.


The Hawks will try to get back and improve their record against the Cavs on Friday night. Atlanta is in 12th place at 9-12 in the Eastern Conference and is in 4th place in the Southeast Division with a 15-19 overall standing and a .441 team percentage on the year. The Hawks chased a 17-point lead by the Bulls after the 3rd quarter but lost at 117-131.


PG Trae Young scored a double-double of 26 points and 11 assists in leading Atlanta while Center Clint Capela added another double-double record of 18 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort.


The Atlanta Hawks struggled in dealing with the Bulls’ defense and completed just 44 of 92 (47.8) overall shooting, connected only 11 of 26 (42.3%) attempts from the long-range, converted 18 of 26 (69.2%) tries from the charity stripe, and scored a total of 54 points in the paint.


The Hawks pulled down 27 defensive boards with 10 offensive rebounds while dishing out 26 assists in the match. The Atlanta Hawks’ defense blocked three shots with 6 steals and forced Chicago to commit 13 turnovers but also lost the leather in 11 turnovers.


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Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions 12/31/2021


The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to bounce back after losing their last two matches in hosting the Atlanta Hawks on Friday evening. The Cavaliers bowed to the Pelicans and the Wizards in their recent two stints.


Cleveland is in 5th place at 13-8 in the Eastern Conference and took 3rd place in the Central Division with an overall standing at 20-14 and a team percentage at .588 on the year. The Cavaliers trailed a 7-point halftime lead versus the Washington Wizards while their offense had 21 points in each of the last two quarters.


The Cavs gave up 52 points to the Wizards in their 93-110 loss on Thursday. Center Kevin Love led the offense on a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds while PF Evan Mobley chipped in 21 points in the loss.


The Cleveland Cavaliers converted 35 of 83 (42.2%) overall shooting attempts, connected 8 of 28 (28.6%) attempted shots from the long-range, completed 15 of 23 (65.2%) free-throw attempts, and marked a total of 44 points in the paint.


The Cavaliers pulled down 44 total rebounds with 8 coming from the offensive side of the floor and dispensed 20 assists in defeat. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ defense denied 3 attempted shots while stealing the ball 4 times but committed 12 turnovers and 17 personal fouls in the contest.                 


Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers. The NBA Pick for this game is Cleveland -1. Both teams have issues in their line-ups due to COVID-19 concerns but the Cavaliers got the advantage of playing at home on Friday night with 10-7 SU while the Hawks have 7-10 SU on the road. The prediction: The Cleveland Cavaliers will win at 119-109.  


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Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NBA Starting Time: 7:30 PM ET


Location: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, OH


Date: Friday, December 31, 2021




NBA Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers -1.5


NBA Totals: 228.5


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