Hawks vs Cavaliers Preview and Prediction
In a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavaliers host the Hawks Saturday night in a game that features teams that are both dealing with injuries. Cleveland won’t have three starters available and Atlanta is expected to play without star guard Jeff Teague.
James averaged 30.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 9.3 assists in last season’s playoff series against Atlanta. That was without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, so James is unlikely to shoulder a load like that in this game, but the Hawks have not shown an ability to slow him down.
Cleveland (9-3) has played the entire season without Irving and now will make do Saturday without two more starters in center Timofey Mozgov and guard Mo Williams. Mozgov could miss the next two weeks with a strained shoulder while Williams will miss his second straight with a sore right ankle.
“One thing you can’t control is injuries but one thing you can control is how you play with the guys who are out there,” James said.
Atlanta has played the last three games without Teague, who averages 17.1 points and 6.5 assists and is out with a sprained left ankle. Second year guard Dennis Schroder is averaging 13.7 points and 8.3 assists starting in his place.
The Hawks ended a three-game slide with Wednesday’s 103-97 home win over a struggling Sacramento team. Paul Millsap had 23 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for his sixth double-double.
The Cavaliers have won 26 of their last 27 regular-season home games, including all six this season, but Atlanta captured three of four from Cleveland during the 2014-15 regular season.
I believe the Cavs, even short-handed, will pull out the home victory against the Hawks.
Prediction: Hawks 92 Cavaliers 101https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/hawks-vs-cavaliers-preview-and-prediction/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/a38.jpg?fit=1024%2C761&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/a38.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AnalysisAtlanta HawksBasketballCentral DivisionCleveland CavaliersNBARecent PostsSoutheast DivisionAtlanta Hawks,Cleveland Cavaliers,NBAIn a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavaliers host the Hawks Saturday night in a game that features teams that are both dealing with injuries. Cleveland won't have three starters available and Atlanta is expected to play without star guard Jeff Teague. James averaged 30.3 points, 11.0 rebounds...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk