Cavaliers at Hawks 12/29/18 - NBA Picks & Predictions
In Saturday night NBA action, the Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Phillips Arena to battle the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavaliers have lost five straight games and own the worst record in the league. Last night, Cleveland was outscored by 22 points during the second half of a 118-94 road loss against Miami. The Cavaliers turned the ball over 15 times and shot just 38 percent from the field.
Jordan Clarkson led Cleveland in scoring with 18 points and five rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench. Alec Burks added 17 points and six rebounds in a losing effort for the Cavaliers.
The Atlanta Hawks have dropped 24 of their first 34 games and are centering their rebuilding effort around rookie PG Trae Young (15.5 ppg). On Friday, Atlanta raced out to a 15-point lead after one quarter and prevailed in overtime during a 123-120 victory at Minnesota. The Hawks outrebounded the Timberwolves by a 58-47 margin and turned the ball over 24 times on the night.
All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures and were led by Kent Bazemore with 23 points. John Collins contributed 21 points and ten rebounds for the Hawks.
Cleveland G/F Rodney Hood is dealing with a left Achilles injury and did not play last night. The Cavaliers rank last in the league in defensive efficiency and the Hawks rank 24th in that category. Take the over on Saturday. Final Score Prediction, Atlanta Hawks win high scoring over game 116-112.