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Atlanta-Cleveland: Cavs set for perfect 10

The Cleveland Cavaliers are riding the NBA's longest winning streak at the moment, coming out on top in nine games in a row.

It comes after an inconsistent start to the season when, by their own admission they "sucked". That was not the only story. They had seven new faces in their squad, had lost their clutch shooter in Kyrie Irving and both of his replacements, Derrick Rose and Isaiah Thomas, were injured.

Amid a four-game slump that caused all sorts of headlines, the lowest point came with a chastening 117-115 home loss to Atlanta. The Hawks had just one win to their name at that point and have won just two more since, suggesting that they should become Cleveland's 10th straight victim.

Ty Lue's men are 3/10 to win on the road but a better price appears to be Cleveland scoring over 111 points at 17/20. They have cleared that mark in eight of their last 11 games and have players, particularly on the bench, who are bang in form.

From their starting five, LeBron James is having a career year, up on average points (28.2 from 27.2), rebounds (8.3 from 7.3) and assists (8.3 from 7.1), while back-up is coming from everywhere - something which was not the case during that early slump.

James' best friend, Dwyane Wade, is shining as the leader of the Cavs' second unit, reaching double figures of points in five of his last six outings, while former Hawk Kyle Korver remains one of the league's deadliest three-point shooters and is averaging a career-best 10.8 points off the bench.

Cleveland's notoriously poor defence has also improved so taking them with a winning margin of 14-16 points at 17/2 also looks good value.

Cleveland to score over 111 points @ 17/20

Cleveland to win by 14-16 points @ 17/2

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Basketball