The Cleveland Cavaliers are poised to engage the Atlanta Hawks for the third installment of their season series this Saturday. The initial encounter on Nov. 28 witnessed a dominant 128-105 victory for Cleveland, followed by a more closely contested 127-119 triumph on Dec. 16. As the Cavaliers currently stand as the NBA’s most formidable team, they endeavor to uphold an unblemished record against their equally in-form adversaries.
The Hawks embark on a three-game winning streak, a significant feat considering their earlier struggles in late October to early November when they secured four consecutive victories. Dejounte Murray has showcased exceptional clutch performance in back-to-back wins against Orlando and Miami. In the absence of Trae Young due to illness, Murray aims to lead the Hawks to a breakthrough triumph in the season series against Cleveland.
Despite enduring the prolonged absence of Darius Garland and Evan Mobley, the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached the pinnacle of their season. A flawless 6-0 record during their recent homestand, including a resounding 135-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, has fortified their form. As they commence a four-game road trip with a matchup against the Hawks, Cleveland seeks to perpetuate this stellar performance.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks Preview, Odds, and Betting Tips
The contest unfolds at the State Farm Arena, where the Hawks maintain a 10-12 record. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET, with live coverage accessible via the NBA League Pass and local networks such as Bally Sports SE-ATL and Bally Sports Ohio.
Basketball enthusiasts can tune in to SiriusXM, WZGC, and WTAM/WMMS/La Mega for comprehensive game coverage.
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks: Game Preview
The Cavaliers’ six-game winning streak is marked by outstanding contributions from every roster member. Georges Niang led with 33 points in the triumph against the Bucks, with Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen emerging as the team’s linchpins.
Dejounte Murray takes the spotlight for the Atlanta Hawks, showcasing consecutive game-winning three-pointers. His trade value is on an upward trajectory, warranting caution from Cleveland, especially if Trae Young returns to the lineup.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks: Starting Lineups
Expected starting lineup for the Cavaliers: Dean Wade, Isaac Okoro, Jarrett Allen, Donovan Mitchell, and Max Strus. They’ve demonstrated synchronicity during the six-game winning streak.
The Atlanta Hawks are likely to deploy Saddiq Bey, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Dejounte Murray. Trae Young, if available, will reassume his customary starting role, while Bogdanovic assumes his role as the sixth man.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks: Prediction
The Cavaliers have been extraordinary in their last six games, showcasing resilience even without two starters. The impending matchup on the road against the Hawks poses a challenge, yet Cleveland holds a slight advantage. The Hawks, on the second night of a back-to-back set, might struggle, especially if Trae Young remains absent. Cleveland appears poised to secure a victory, both outright and against the spread.
Most oddsmakers recommend betting on the total points scored by both teams going over.