Cavaliers vs. Hawks, November 30th Pick

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, November 30, 2017 4:56 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 4:56 PM UTC

The Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to figure things out, and they will be going into Atlanta tonight facing a Hawks team fresh off losing one of their best defenders.

Cavaliers vs. Hawks

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Free NBA Pick: Cavaliers -7Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

Remember when everyone was panicking about the Cavaliers about a month ago? Yeah, me neither. Cleveland has rallied off nine straight wins coming in to this one, and it looks like all that bluster about them being done for has subsided. Now they are -7 ½ favorites on the road in Atlanta tonight, who will be coming in to this game with another big hole to fill against one of the East’s best.

Dewayne Dedmon, who scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds against the Cavaliers in the first meeting between these two teams, will be out for the next 3-to-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his leg.

This is not a good sign for a team already struggling on defense, and without their anchor in the middle, the Hawks are about to get even worse on that end of the floor.

There is also likely a revenge factor for the Cavs in this one. Cleveland lost their last game on their home court against the Hawks, and you can bet they will want to repay the Hawks for that one. Ironically enough, the Hawks have won their last three games against the Cavaliers dating back to late last season.

Even though Atlanta has had plenty of time off, that might hurt a young team with other holes on offense as well. As long as Cleveland shuts down Dennis Schroder, there is no way the Hawks stay in this one long enough to cover the spread.

Atlanta was already giving up over 110 points per 100 possessions, and that may grow to 120 without Dedmon on the court to rebound and block shots. Kevin Love is going to be able to do whatever he wants in this game now, and with Mike Muscala out, the Hawks are probably going to be playing Miles Plumlee 30 minutes tonight. For my NBA pick, I advise you to lay the points.

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