All the Cleveland Cavaliers did to get here was fight and overachieve for the majority of the season. Good enough to play for a spot in the NBA Playoffs, even if it is the eighth seed ahead of a matchup against the Heat. They have to get there first, which means knocking off Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks. A short dog at home, the Cavaliers have faced this level of doubt all season, led by Darius Garland and Evan Mobley, the odds-on favorite for Rookie of the Year. They might even get their other top player back in Jarrett Allen, who is out with a finger injury but hoping to return tonight. Allen has not played since March 6 but is listed as questionable and will be active in the shootaround.
Atlanta is hoping Young can be a little more active than in their blowout win over the Hornets, although he was not needed nearly as much. The Hawks’ star point guard eventually finished with a decent line, but his early game struggles were hard to miss. Young will not have John Collins, as he is unable to return from finger and foot injuries. Lou Williams is also out and Bogdan Bogdanovic is questionable heading into tonight.
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Hawks -2: -110 (DraftKings)
Atlanta has the better top talent in Young and more outside shooting than the Cavs. Cleveland can try to slow down the pace, but Young has too many options on the floor to knock down outside shots. Kevin Huerter, Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari are all legitimate outside threats, with the addition of De’Andre Hunter. It is simply too much for Garland and Kevin Love to keep up and the Hawks should pull away. Young also will not have two suspect games in a row with the Hawks’ season on the line. The Hawks are more of a five to six-point home favorite if the game was in Atlanta, so do not let a short line on the road be any deterrent. Atlanta wins and moves on to Miami.
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Bogdan Bogdanovic Under 17.5 Points: -115 (DraftKings)
This makes sense based on Bogdanovic playing through injury tonight. There is a significant gap between the total at the books and Awesemo’s free projection at 14.9 points. OddsShopper has a 66% chance of hitting this prop, backed with a 23% xROI on the play. He has failed to hit 18 points in three of his last five games and is playing with an ankle injury.
Darius Garland Over 8.5 Assists: -114 (FanDuel)
The Cavs are going to need Garland to do two things in order to even compete: score from the outside and get as many of his teammates involved as possible. OddsShopper agrees with a 65% chance of Garland going over his total and a 23% xROI on the play. Awesemo’s free projection has Garland finishing with 9.9 dimes on the night. Go ahead and slam the over.
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Caris LeVert Over 15.5 Points: -115 (DraftKings)
Caris LeVert is in a sneaky spot to get in the 18-20 points range tonight despite having a low total on the books. With so much focus on Garland and recently Lauri Markkanen, that opens a window for LeVert to get to 16 points. OddsShopper has a 64% chance of going over this prop, along with a 20% xROI on the play. Awesemo has LeVert smashing his total with a free projection of 18.1 points.
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