The Cleveland Cavaliers will be facing the Atlanta Hawks to fight for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, which will be a ‘Win or Go Home’ situation for both of these teams. Cavs come into this match after losing to the Brooklyn Nets in the fight for the 7th seed game. In contrast, the Hawks come into this matchup after easily getting past the Charlotte Hornets in another elimination game, which has kept their playoff hopes alive.
This will be an adamant game for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the Atlanta Hawks are once again looking very dangerous, just like they did in the last season, where they were able to make a run towards the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual champions in the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Brooklyn Nets thoroughly outplayed the Cavs in the fight for the 7th seed game, where Kyrie Irving poured misery over the team, which had drafted him back in 2011. Brooklyn’s offense was too much to handle for an injury-depleted Cavs team, who most missed Jarrett Allen’s presence in the game, who is still out due to a finger injury.
Even though the Cavs lost that game to the Nets, Darius Garland had a stellar night, as he dropped 34 points against one of the best teams in the league and looked like a top-two player on the court consisting of the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Darius Garland OH MY 😳 pic.twitter.com/8UVamYSYke
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 12, 2022
What to expect from the Cavs in the game against the Hawks?
The Cleveland Cavaliers will now look to win against the Atlanta Hawks in the biggest game of their season, as they would like to reach the playoffs at least this season, which has elevated this squad to the next level.
Cavs are capable of winning this game against a tough Hawks team, but they will have to be at their best to take down this team led by Trae Young, who has been just absolutely unstoppable recently.
If the Cleveland Cavaliers can dominate the paint against the Hawks, just like they have done throughout the season, they will surely cause a lot of problems to this Hawks team and can get away with a huge win to qualify for the playoffs.
The winner of this match between the Cavs and the Hawks will qualify for the playoffs as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference and will face the Miami Heat in the 1st round.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) April 14, 2022