NBA Picks: Cavaliers vs. Hawks

Steven Suarez

Monday, April 1, 2013 1:29 PM GMT

The Cavaliers, losers of eight straight games, will try to break the duck by beating Atlanta on the road tonight. The NBA odds are obviously in the Hawks' favor, but can Cleveland steal away a cover? 

Odds Overview

Cleveland, playing their second game in as many nights, are getting a 10-point headstart from NBA odds makers tonight. 

Interested in a play on the total? You can find the O/U at 199.5 or 200, though there's sure to be more movement as we get closer and closer to tipoff. For all your betting odds and trends needs, check out SBRodds.com.

[gameodds]5/223539/43/us[/gameodds]

Cleveland Cavaliers

It's a total mess in Cleveland right now, with the team not winning for close to three weeks and rumors circulating that Byron Scott's job is in danger. 

Apparently, Scott ran the team rugged in camp with extra-long practices and shootarounds, and now we're starting to see the consequences. The Cavaliers have been in a rut, losing eight in a row while going 3-5 ATS during the winless run.

Last night Cleveland was smacked around in a 112-92 loss to New Orleans. The Cavaliers, billed as 5.5-point underdogs coming in, allowed the Hornets to shoot 54.1 percent overall and 57.1 percent from the three. 

The one positive? Kyrie Irving returned from his shoulder injury and promptly put up 31 points on 11-of-20 shooting to go along with six assists.

Atlanta HawksThe Cavaliers have also done well, at least against the spread, on zero days of rest. They're 4-15 SU and 10-8-1 ATS overall, but have gone 5-1-1 against the spread over their past seven on the backend of back-to-backs. 

If recent history is anything to go by, the Hawks are in trouble tonight. They've alternated wins and losses over their last nine games, but are coming off a nine-point win over Orlando two days ago. 

In the 97-88 victory against the Magic, Josh Smith had 21 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals, while Ivan Johnson's 21 points and 10 rebounds came in very handy with Al Horford out.

As a team, the Hawks shot 43.6 percent overall and 28.6 percent from three-point range, but their defense bailed them out. They kept Orlando at bay, holding them to 39.1 percent (34-of-87) from the floor. 

As for tonight, knowing who's in and who's out can be pivotal to beating the books, so it's important to get the latest information you can before your final NBA picks.

Lou Williams and Zaza Pachulia are both out for the season, and now Horford and John Jenkings are in doubt too. Horford has missed the last two games with an illness and is currently questionable, while Jenkins is questionable after suffering a concussion. 

NBA Pick

The Hawks have won 19 more games than the Cavaliers this season, but it's Cleveland that's gotten the best of the head-to-head series. 

In three meetings, Cleveland has gone 2-1 SU and ATS, with their latest win (99-83) coming in January as four-point home underdogs. 

When we narrow down our sports picks though, we believe the OVER is the right way to go. Both teams have been struggling defensively, as the Cavaliers have allowed 103.2 PPG on 49.9 percent shooting over their last five. The Hawks meanwhile have given up 98.6 PPG while scoring at a 101.8 PPG clip in that same span.

For our sports picks, we are looking for a pretty high pace tonight, leading to a lot of easy buckets on both sides. Therefore, let's add the OVER to our plays for the day. 

Free NBA Pick: OVER 199.5 at Bookmaker