Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/23/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 6:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Venue:  Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Where to Watch:  BSOH


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Hawks -7.5, Cavaliers +7.5; Over/Under:  222.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Hawks -7.5, Cavaliers +7.5; Over/Under:  222.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Hawks -8, Cavaliers +8; Over/Under:  NL points

Season Record

Atlanta Hawks:  1-0 (2nd place, Southeast Division)
Cleveland Cavaliers:  0-1 (5th place, Central Division)
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Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Atlanta Hawks:  won at home on Oct. 21 against the Dallas Mavericks 113-87.
Cleveland Cavaliers:  lost on the road on Oct. 20 against the Memphis Grizzlies 132-121.

Atlanta Hawks Analysis

The Hawks are coming into this game with a 1-0 record to start their season off after winning their home opener against the Mavs 113-87 on Thursday night. That was a game that they completely dominated in leading at the end of every quarter in that game. Cam Reddish led the team in points off the bench with 20 along with 1 assist and 3 rebounds. Trae Young led the starters in points in that game with 19 and he also had 14 assists and 2 rebounds along with that. John Collins also had 16 points himself with 3 assists and 9 rebounds. Young led the team in assists with his 14 while Clint Capela led the team in rebounds with 13 in that game. The Hawks opened as a 2.5 point favorite and that line did not really move while the total opened at 224.5 and moved up by about a point by the time the line closed. The Hawks covered that spread easily with a 26 point win while the game stayed under the total with 200 total points.

Cleveland Cavaliers Analysis

The Cavaliers are coming into this game with a 0-1 record to start their season off. They lost their season opener on the road to the Grizzlies 132-121. They kept that game close in the first quarter but then let it get away from them in the second quarter. They almost made a comeback in the third quarter cutting the lead down significantly but then let it go again in the fourth quarter. They have a game on Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets that still needs to be played with that result pending but that game will be their home opener. This will be the 2nd leg of a back-to-back on Saturday. In their first game of the season, Jarrett Allen led the team in points with 25 along with 1 assist and 4 rebounds. Evan Mobley and Collin Sexton were next on the team in points with 17 each while Mobley had 6 assists and 9 rebounds and Sexton had 1 assist and 1 rebound. Darius Garland led the team in assists in that game with 12 while Mobley and Lauri Markkanen both led the team in rebounds with 9 each. The Cavs opened as an 8 point underdog in that game and the line closed at 7 points while the total opened at 217.5 points and moved up about 1 point by the time that line closed. They did not cover the spread in that game losing by 11 points while the game went over the total with 253 points total in that one.


Hawks vs Cavaliers Prediction

The Hawks are coming into this game as a 7.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Cavs look like they are ready to have another bad season this year while the Hawks are looking to pick up where they left off last season and go even further to win a Championship. The Hawks are a very deep team and have a lot of talent at every position while the Cavs are still trying to figure things out in Cleveland. The best bet to make in this game is on the Hawks to cover the spread here as they will blow the Cavs out in this game with their great shooting, Cleveland will not be able to keep up.
Hawks Cavaliers Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Saturday, October 23, 2021 (6:00 pm ET start time) is Hawks 132 Cavaliers 112.
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NBA Betting Trends

Atlanta Hawks: 387-404 O/U as a road underdog. 501-527 O/U in road games. 336-343 O/U after a non-conference game. 472-524 O/U after 1 or more consecutive unders.
Cleveland Cavaliers: 1008-1072 ATS in all games. 184-197 ATS as a home underdog. 512-531 ATS In home games. 326-356 ATS in the first half of the season.

Key Injuries

Atlanta Hawks:  D. Gallinari (SF) Ques Sat - Shoulder injury. L. Williams (SG) Ques Sat - Illness. O. Okongwu (PF) Late Dec - Shoulder injury.
Cleveland Cavaliers:  D. Wade (SF) Prob Fri - Ankle injury. D. Garland (PG) Ques Fri - Ankle injury. D. Windler (SG) Out indefinitely - Knee injury.

Players to Watch

Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young is one player to watch in this matchup. He had 19 points in their last game and he also led the team in assists in that game. Even though he did not lead the team in scoring, he still had a big impact in the game setting his teammates up and still scoring 19 points himself. Look for him to dictate this offense again in this game.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Darius Garlund is one player to watch in this contest. He led his team in assists in their last game and he will have to spread the ball around for his team in this game if they want a chance at winning this one. Look for him to make some good passes and set his teammates up to score in this one.

Notable Quotes

"It's a good problem to have. We've got so many guys who can play." Trae Young on the depth of their team.
"I think our guys know who we want to be, and they have a clear picture of that. You have a new group of guys together, new positions, new roles. It takes a minute to get all the way there." J.B. Bickerstaff after his team’s first game of the new regular season.

Starting Lineups

Atlanta Hawks
PG    Trae Young
SG    Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF    De'Andre Hunter
PF    John Collins
C     Clint Capela
Cleveland Cavaliers
PG    Darius Garland 
SG    Collin Sexton
SF    Lauri Markkanen
PF    Evan Mobley
C    Jarrett Allen

Statistical Leaders

Atlanta Hawks
PPG: C. Reddish (20)
APG: T. Young (14)
Reb/G: C. Capela (13)
Cleveland Cavaliers
PPG: J. Allen (25)
APG: D. Garland (12)
Reb/G: E. Mobley (9)
Atlanta Hawks: Nate McMillan (2nd season)
Cleveland Cavaliers: J.B. Bickerstaff (3rd season)

Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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