Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick – March 31

The NBA is set up with another great slate of action throughout March 31. Five games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.

Cleveland has earned a record of 42-34 throughout this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are coming off a loss on Thursday and have lost four of their last five. Cleveland is two games back on the sixth seed, which would keep them out of the play-in. The Cavaliers will look for a big win on the road in this one.

The Hawks have put up a record of 39-37 so far this season, which has them in tenth place of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta has won three games in a row and five of their last seven. The Hawks have half a game back on the ninth spot in the Conference. Atlanta will look for a big win at home as they try to clinch their spot in the playoffs.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one.

Both teams are coming off a game on Wednesday night and will look to avoid a slow start in this one. The Cavaliers will look to get back on track, while Atlanta looks to remain hot. If either team can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Money Line Total
Cleveland Cavaliers +6 (-115) +185 Over 228 (-110)
Atlanta Hawks -6 (-105) -225 Under 228 (-110)

Team Data Cleveland Cavaliers Atlanta Hawks
Overall Record 42-34 39-37
Away/ Home Record 18-19 24-14
PPG 107.2 113.5
PPG Away/ Home 107.0 116.1
PAPG 104.8 112.4
PAPG Away/ Home 106.6 112.0

Betting Trends

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 37-34 ATS this season
  • 20-16 ATS as an underdog
  • 17-17 ATS in road games
  • 4-9 ATS in March
  • 4-8 ATS when playing on back to back days
  • 7-8 ATS against Southeast division
  • 16-11 ATS after non-Conference game
  • 5-5 ATS after three or more straight home games
  • 22-13 ATS against team with a winning record
Atlanta Hawks

  • 32-43 ATS this season
  • 22-26 ATS as a favorite
  • 19-18 ATS in home games
  • 6-10 ATS in March
  • 4-10 ATS when playing on back to back days
  • 9-8 ATS against Central division
  • 9-18 ATS after a non-Conference game
  • 9-10 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 7-4 ATS after three or more straight wins
  • 13-24 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up three times on the season. Ricky Rubio put up 23 points and 8 assists in the first game as the Cavaliers earned a 101-95 win. Trae Young dropped 35 points and 11 assists as the Hawks grabbed a 121-118 win in the second meeting. Young scored 41 points and 9 assists in the third matchup as Atlanta won 124-116.

Field Goal Shooting

The Cavaliers have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. Cleveland has made 46.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 9th in the league. The Cavaliers have shot 35.1 percent from behind the arc, which is 16th in the NBA. Cleveland has sunk 76.1 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 22nd in the league.

Atlanta has been strong shooting the ball on the season.
The Hawks have been shooting 46.9 percent from the field, which is 6th in the NBA. Atlanta has made 37.3 percent of their shots from deep, which is 2nd in the league. The Hawks have drained 81.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 3rd in the NBA this season.

The Hawks have the edge shooting the ball, but Cleveland has been better on defense. The Cavaliers have held their opponents to a 45.1 percent from the field, which is 8th in the NBA. Atlanta has allowed opposing teams to shoot 47.2 percent from the field, which is 26th in the league. The Hawks will look for their defense to step up in this one.

Top Performers

Darius Garland has been the leader for Cleveland on the season. Garland has averaged 21.6 points and 8.7 assists per game. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.6 points, while Caris LeVert has averaged 13.8 points per game. Kevin Love is averaging 13.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Cedi Osman has averaged 10.7 points to round out the lineup.

Trae Young has been great for the Hawks throughout the season.
Young is averaging 28.1 points and 9.6 assists per game. Bogdan Bogdanovic has averaged 15 points, while De’Andre Hunter is averaging 13.5 points per game. Kevin Huerter has averaged 11.9 points per game. Clint Capela rounds out the lineup, averaging 10.8 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.

These two teams have been led by their stars with some help from the depth this season. The Cavaliers are missing Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley in this one, which hurts their depth inside. Atlanta is still without John Collins and Danilo Gallinari though. Both teams will look for some players to step up early in this one.

Pick Overview

These two teams are in play-in spots in the Eastern Conference as of right now and will look for a big win in this one. The Cavaliers have struggled a bit more as of late, while Atlanta is coming into this one hot. Both teams are coming off a game on Wednesday night, but will to avoid a slow start in this one. The Hawks have the healthier roster entering this one and I like their chances to earn the win.

Bovada has Atlanta listed as a -6 against the spread in this one.

This gives a solid edge to the Hawks at home in this one. I think that this line is accurate with Atlanta having the healthier lineup and playing better as of late. The Hawks will look to build on a dominant offensive performance on Wednesday night. As slight favorites in this one, I like the value on Atlanta.

The Bet
Atlanta Hawks -6
-105
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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