Cavaliers vs. Hawks NBA expert prediction and odds for Wednesday, March 6 (Lay the short number with Atlanta)

NBA betting preview, prediction and best bet for Cavaliers vs. Hawks

Mar 5, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Jalen Johnson (1) drives for a shot
Mar 5, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Jalen Johnson (1) drives for a shot / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The shorthanded Cleveland Cavaliers pulled out a stunner Tuesday night, rallying from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to end the Boston Celtics’ 11-game winning streak. Coming off that big win at home, the Cavaliers are on the road to finish off a back-to-back Wednesday night against the Hawks. 

Atlanta, still without star guard Trae Young, has won three of its last five games to hang onto the final Play-In Tournament spot. The Hawks have a 2.5-game lead over Brooklyn for the No. 10 seed in the Eastern Conference while trailing the Bulls by two games to move up to No. 9.

Can the Hawks pull out a win as a short favorite Wednesday night against Cleveland? Here’s the betting preview for Wednesday’s conference clash with a best bet. 

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Cavaliers vs. Hawks odds, spread and total

Cavaliers vs. Hawks how to watch

  • Date: Wednesday, March 6
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Venue: State Farm Arena
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Cavaliers record: 40-21
  • Hawks record: 27-34

Cavaliers vs. Hawks injury report

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Max Strus (knee): questionable
  • Evan Mobley (ankle): questionable
  • Donovan Mitchell (knee): out

Atlanta Hawks

  • Kobe Bufkin (toe): out

Cavaliers vs. Hawks key players to watch


Dean Wade: The undrafted fourth-year forward took advantage of the opportunity Tuesday night, going 8-of-11 from the field and hitting six 3-pointers for 23 points in Cleveland’s comeback, upset win over Boston. Wade only averages 5.4 points per game and had scored just six points over 39 minutes over the previous two games. 


Jalen Johnson: The former first-round pick has four double-doubles over the last seven games and has come up one rebound short of a double-double in each of the last two contests. Johnson has scored 20-plus points three times in the last five games and is coming off a 26-point, nine-rebound, seven-assist performance in Atlanta’s 116-100 win over the Knicks on Tuesday. 

Cavaliers vs. Hawks prediction and pick

Cleveland will be short handed again on Wednesday night with Mitchell already out and Strus questionable. The Cavaliers’ big win over Boston came at a cost, though, as starting forward Evan Mobley left the arena Tuesday with a “very swollen ankle,” according to He played just 23 minutes, finishing with 4 points and 6 rebounds. 

Can you trust Cleveland after such a big win? Cleveland is just 3-6-1 ATS with no rest this season and now has a short turnaround to Atlanta after upsetting the Celtics.

The Hawks are just 3-7 ATS in the same scenario, but remain at home while playing some of their best basketball of the season.

The Hawks play at the No. 4 pace in the NBA, which is bad news for a Cleveland team with no rest, having to travel just a few hours after an emotional home win. The Hawks, No. 9 in the NBA in offensive rating, have gotten big contributions from guys like Saddiq Bey, Dejounte Murray and Johnson with Young on the mend.

They’ll have enough offense Wednesday night against a Cleveland defense that could be missing key rim protection if Mobley can’t go with the ankle issue. Based on the spot, fade the Cavaliers after a big win as the Hawks stay hot. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.