Cleveland Cavaliers (24-15) vs. Atlanta Hawks (17-23)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks 1/20/24 – As the NBA season continues to heat up, the upcoming matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks on January 20, 2024, is generating significant interest among fans and bettors alike. This game, pivotal for both teams, promises to be a thrilling encounter, loaded with talent and strategy. Fans eagerly anticipating this clash are scouring the web for NBA daily predictions to gauge the likely outcomes and identify betting opportunities.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are enjoying an impressive performance this season. Their offense has been consistently efficient, scoring an average of 113.1 points per game at 47.2% field goal percentage while also excelling at rebounding with 44.9 average rebounds per game – this combination has played an instrumental role in their impressive win-loss record. Defensively they have also been strong, recording 7.9 steals and 4.5 blocks on average per game to disrupt opponents. Their road games against the spread record (8-7) indicates their reliability when traveling away from home.
Contrastingly, the Atlanta Hawks, despite having a lesser record, are no pushovers when it comes to scoring. Averaging 121.3 points per game against opponents like Cleveland Cavaliers is impressive given their 46.5% field goal percentage and free-throw percentage (81.1%). Unfortunately though, their defensive stats- particularly their road game results against spread (6-15)- do raise concerns regarding consistency when it comes to stopping their opponents; though scoring prowess should not be underestimated against an opponent like Cavaliers.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks 1/20/24 Game Info
|Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 7:30 PM ET
|State Farm Arena
|NBA League Pass
Donovan Mitchell (SG) vs. Trae Young (PG)
Donovan Mitchell is having a career-best season since coming over to the Cavaliers from the Jazz. He’s averaging 28.1 points while shooting an efficient 47.2% from the field and 35.2% from three. Mitchell excels at attacking the basket off the dribble and has developed into a perimeter threat as well. He’s also averaging 5.8 assists and playing the best defense of his career. However, Mitchell has a tendency to take difficult shots and turns the ball over 2.8 times per game. He will need to play within the flow of the offense for Cleveland to maximize their opportunities.
Trae Young continues to showcase elite point guard skills by ranking 4th in the NBA in scoring (27.5 ppg) while dishing out an impressive 10.9 assists each night. He keeps defenders on their heels by pulling up from anywhere inside halfcourt or zipping no-look passes to open teammates when the defense collapses. Young has unlimited shooting range and his floater in the lane is essentially automatic. However, his lack of size and effort on defense remains exploitable against athletic opponents. He also commits 4.2 turnovers per contest by sometimes attempting extremely difficult passes.
This matchup features two of the best offensive guards in the league capable of single-handedly taking over a game. Mitchell will look to continue his efficient scoring by attacking Young and the Hawks’ porous defense. While Young will try to pepper Cleveland with deep threes and thread needle assists to his teammates. Both Mitchell and Young have room for improvement on defense and with limiting turnovers. Ultimately, the guard who can impose his will offensively while limiting mistakes on the other end could lead their team to victory on Saturday night.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds for this game are yet to be determined, but considering the teams’ respective records and performance trends, the Cavaliers might be slight favorites. However, bettors should keep an eye on the spread and moneyline as they become available to gauge the perceived competitiveness of the matchup.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
Cleveland has covered in four of its last five games and is starting to be respected more by oddsmakers. The Cavs are also a solid 8-7 against the spread in away matchups this year. With the totals going under in four of their last five, their defense appears to be locking down opponents recently as well.
Atlanta Hawks Betting Trends
While Atlanta has been solid at home with a 12-7 against the spread record, they have really struggled to cover on the road. The Hawks are just 6-15 versus the number in away games this season. With the totals going over in 12 of their 19 home contests, they tend to get into shootouts in the friendly confines of State Farm Arena.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks 1/20/24 Betting Picks
Considering the statistics and trends, this game seems to lean slightly in favor of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Their recent form, combined with their solid defense and efficient offense, gives them an edge. However, the Hawks’ high-scoring ability cannot be discounted, especially with Trae Young at the helm.
The key to a successful bet in this game will be to consider both teams’ recent forms and their performance against the spread, especially in road games for the Cavaliers and home games for the Hawks. Additionally, considering the star power of Donovan Mitchell and Trae Young, prop bets related to their individual performances might offer value.
For those looking for the best premium expert picks, it is advisable to wait for the final betting lines to be set. However, based on current trends, the Cavaliers might be the safer pick, particularly if the spread is reasonable.
Free Pick and Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 115, Atlanta Hawks 108.