Cavaliers at Hawks Preview

Cavaliers (39-24) @ Hawks (48-12)

Coming off another dominating scoring performance from King James, the Cavaliers travel to Atlanta for a quick game before heading back home for one game before they start their four game road trip. The Cavaliers had a rough start to the month of March, but have bounced back with dominant performances against a weak Boston Celtics team, and a top tier Toronto Raptors squad. Although the Hawks started off hot, they have cooled off now compared to their NBA best 19 game winning streak in the month of January. This game will feature the last two player(s) of the month, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Atlanta’s Demare Carroll, Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford.

Although a win against the Celtics wouldn’t be viewed as that big of a game, it means more than you think. Before the Celtics game, the Cavaliers were on the verge of continuing a losing streak, but were able to get back on the right track. The win against the Raptors was a lot more meaningful. The Cavaliers were able to go into Friday’s game against Atlanta tied with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards for the 2nd seed. The Cavaliers look to win in Atlanta, an event that isn’t to common these days.

Here are some things you need to know before watching:

Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks – Philips Arena

Game start 7:30 P.M. EST. Cavs TV- FSO. Hawks TV-Sportsouth

Projected Starting Lineups

Cavaliers:

PG: Kyrie Irving: 21.7 PPG, 5.3 APG, 3.2 RPG, 46.7 % FG

SG: J.R. Smith: 12.5 PPG, 2.6 APG, 3.5 RPG, 41.6 % FG

SF: LeBron James: 26.3 PPG, 7.3 APG, 5.7 RPG, 49.1 % FG

PF: Kevin Love: 17.0 PPG, 2.3 APG, 10.2 RPG, 43.1 % FG

C: Timofey Mozgov: 10.3 PPG, 0.7 APG, 7.8 RPG, 58.9 % FG

Hawks:

PG: Jeff Teague: 16.8 PPG, 7.3 APG, 2.4 RPG, 46.4 % FG

SG: Kyle Korver: 12.4 PPG, 2.6 APG, 4.2 RPG, 49.2 % FG

SF: DeMarre Carroll: 11.9 PPG, 1.5 APG, 5.1 RPG, 46.9 % FG

PF: Paul Millsap: 16.9 PPG, 3.0 APG, 8.0 RPG, 47.5 % FG

C: Al Horford: 15.4 PPG, 3.3 APG, 7.6 RPG, 54.2 % FG

Matchup to watch for:

Although not known by many as an All-Star caliber player most years, Paul Millsap was selected to this years All-Star team. Many scoff at his numbers, noticing that many players did better. Kevin Love was one of those players that put up better numbers than Millsap. Although Kevin Love is on a “down year” in terms of numbers, many still believed he deserved to be in the All-Star game this year. Many did not take into account that Love’s numbers would be down considering that he’s now playing with superstars. Millsap was considered an All-Star this year due to his teams success, but don’t tread lightly on Millsap’s talent, once an undersized and untalented prospect out of Louisiana Tech, Millsap is now making his height disadvantage into an advantage. Look for a scrappy battle down in the paint, and look for Kevin Love to continue his hot shooting into this game.

Injury Report:

Cavaliers:

  • Anderson Varejao: Season.
  • Shawn Marion: 1 week Max.
  • Brendan Haywood: Day to Day.

Hawks:

Game Notes:

  • Cavaliers 7-3 in last 10.
  • Hawks 7-3 in last 10.
  • Cavaliers on 2 game winning streak.
  • Hawks on 5 game winning streak.
  • Hawks Sefolosha “Progressing well”.

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