Authored by National Basketball Association Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball On Tuesday December 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM EST.
The (18-12) Cleveland Cavaliers of the Eastern Conference Central Division will make the trip from the Largest City in the Buckeye State to the Peach State to take on the (22-8) Atlanta Hawks of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division 2014 NBA action. The teams will play at Philips Arena in beautiful downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This Sports Handicapper is still all in with the Cleveland Cavaliers; they will make necessary changes in their rotation. The Atlant Hawks may be the surprise team in the NBA; they have great guard play and are strong in the paint. The betting line has Cleveland as a seven-point road underdog Against The Point Spread, and the total is at 208 for Tuesday Night’s game.
The 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers are favored to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA Finals. Superstar LeBron James is home, but egos within the ranks could be trouble. Cleveland has won four of six; their last game was a bad home loss to Detroit 103-80 on Sunday December 28th. Point Guard Kyrie Irving has missed the last two games with a sore knee and is questionable Tuesday in the “ATL”. The betting odds over is 5-0 the last five between the teams including both teams scoring 127 points each of the two games this season. Cleveland is 1-3 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total once and staying under three times on NBA Expert Betting Picks their last four on the road. Cleveland lost it were X Factor when hard working Center Anderson Varejao, lost for the season with a torn Achilles. Cleveland must replace his hustle and desire to eat glass. The key to a Cleveland win is to get up and down the floor, converting in transition.
The 2014-15 Atlanta Hawks find themselves in unfamiliar territory, on top in the Southeast Division. Fans in Atlanta are excited about the prospects of this team. The Hawks have taken a back seat to Miami and Washington the past few seasons but the Hawks are soaring this year. Atlanta has won six of seven including a 90-85 win at Milwaukee on the 27th a day after losing badly to the Bucks at home by 30-points. Atlanta is 7-0 ATS their last seven against a team with a straight up winning record. Atlanta is averaging over 100-points per contest on offense while holding opponents to 97.8 points per game. Atlanta is 3-2 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total once and staying under four times their last five at home. Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague will get plenty of consideration for an All-Star spot this season. Forward Paul Milsap can do it all around the bucket, and Center Al Horford is very versatile as long as he can stay healthy. Rookie first round draft picks Adrien Payne has been cleared to suit up finally.
Free Pick: Cleveland+7.