Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Pick – April 15

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of basketball throughout April 15. Two games are up on the board as the play-in tournament comes to a close. One of these games will be between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers. 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 on TNT.

Atlanta earned a record of 43-39 throughout the regular season, which had them grab the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have won their last two games and finished the season winning seven of their last nine. Atlanta knocked off Charlotte Hornets 132-103 in their first play-in game. The Hawks will look to step up again in this one as they look for the eighth seed.

The Cavaliers put up a record of 44-38 to finish out the regular season, which had them earn the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is coming off a loss and have lost four of their last five games. The Cavaliers dropped the first play-in game to the Brooklyn Nets 115-108. Cleveland will look to come out fast at home on Friday night.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win to book a first round series against the Miami Heat. The Hawks have been hot as of late and will look to keep it going. Cleveland has struggled a bit, but will look to turn it around in this one. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Atlanta Hawks -2 (-115) -140 Over 223 (-110)
Cleveland Cavaliers +2 (-105) +120 Under 223 (-110)

 

Team Data Atlanta Hawks Cleveland Cavaliers
Overall Record 43-39 44-38
Away/ Home Record 16-25 25-16
PPG 113.9 107.8
PPG Away/ Home 111.2 108.1
PAPG 112.4 105.7
PAPG Away/ Home 113.1 103.7

Betting Trends

Atlanta Hawks

  • 37-45 ATS this season
  • 26-27 ATS as a favorite
  • 14-27 ATS in road games
  • 4-2 ATS in April
  • 5-11 ATS on Friday nights
  • 10-8 ATS against Central division
  • 7-9 ATS after a divisional game
  • 1-0 ATS in Playoffs
  • 12-13 ATS after allowing 105 points or less
  • 12-11 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 5-5 ATS after scoring 130 points or more
  • 16-26 ATS against team with a winning record

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 41-37 ATS this season
  • 23-18 ATS as an underdog
  • 22-17 ATS in home games
  • 4-2 ATS in April
  • 10-5 ATS on Friday nights
  • 4-5 ATS when playing on two or more days rest
  • 7-10 ATS against Southeast division
  • 1-0 ATS in Playoffs
  • 23-20 ATS revenging loss to opponent
  • 25-15 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams met up four times during the regular season. Ricky Rubio put up 23 points and 8 assists in the first game as Cleveland won 101-95. Trae Young dropped 35 points and 11 assists in the second matchup as the Hawks won 121-118. Young scored 41 points and 9 assists in the third meeting to lead Atlanta to a 124-116 win. Young added another 30 in the fourth game as the Hawks won 131-107.

Field Goal Shooting

The Hawks have been strong shooting the ball on the season. Atlanta has made 47 percent of their shots from the field, which is 7th in the league. The Hawks have been shooting 37.4 percent from deep, which is 2nd in the NBA this season. Atlanta has sunk 81.2 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 4th in the league.

Cleveland has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Cavaliers have shot 46.9 percent from the field, which is 9th in the NBA. Cleveland has made 35.5 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 15th in the league. The Cavaliers have drained 76 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 21st in the NBA.

Atlanta has been the better team shooting the ball on the season, but the Cavaliers have been better on defense. Cleveland has held their opponents to a 45.2 percent from the field, which is 8th in the NBA. The Hawks have allowed opposing teams to shoot 47.1 percent from the field, which is 23rd in the league. Both teams will look for their defense to step up in this one.

Top Performers

Trae Young has been the leader for Atlanta on the season. Young is averaging 28.4 points and 9.7 assists per game. Bogdan Bogdanovic has averaged 15.1 points, while De’Andre Hunter is averaging 13.4 points per game. Kevin Huerter has averaged 12.1 points and Danilo Gallinari is averaging 11.7 points per game. Clint Capela has averaged 11.1 points and 11.9 rebounds to round out the lineup.

Darius Garland has stepped up for the Cavaliers this season. Garland has averaged 21.7 points and 8.6 assists per game. Jarrett Allen is averaging 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds, while Evan Mobley has averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.8 points. Caris LeVert and Kevin Love have both averaged 13.6 points per game. Cedi Osman is averaging 10.7 points per game.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for their depth to step up in this one. Jarrett Allen is listed as questionable in this one, but if Cleveland can get him back, it would be huge. The Cavaliers have the rebounding and size edge, especially with John Collins missing. If Cleveland can build up and early lead, I like their chances to earn the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Cleveland has been the better team on the season and will look to earn the eighth seed. If the Cavaliers get Allen back in this one, I like their chances to win this one. Cleveland put up a competitive matchup against the Brooklyn Nets in the first game and will look to take those positives into this game.

Bovada has Atlanta listed as a -2 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Hawks on the road. I think that the Cavaliers should be favored though. Atlanta has struggled on the road throughout this season and will have a tough task in Cleveland. If the Cavaliers can use their size early, I like their chances to earn the win. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on Cleveland.

The Bet
Cleveland Cavaliers +2
-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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