Hawks vs Cavaliers: Live Stream, TV Channel, Time, Watch NBA Play-in Tournament Online, Odds, Prediction

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It’s win or go home for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. Cleveland lost to the Brooklyn Nets to find themselves in that position, while the Hawks defeated the Charlotte Hornets for a shot at the No. 8 playoff seed in the East. Cleveland could get big man Jarrett Allen back for this important game. He’s been out with a fractured finger since March 6, and the Cavs have certainly missed his defensive frontcourt presence.

The Hawks will look to capitalize on Wednesday’s win over the Hornets, in which Trae Young had 24 points. Atlanta ended up putting Charlotte down fairly easily in the end, but the Cavaliers should present a tougher game. Ahead of Friday night’s play-off, here’s everything you need to know.

(8) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (9) Atlanta Hawks

  • When: Friday April 15 | 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Or: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — Cleveland, Ohio
  • TV: ESP | Direct: Fubo TV
  • Odds: AT: -125; KEY: +105: O/U: 223 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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Scenarios

Riders: Cleveland needs Caris LeVert to be more productive on offense if they want to win this game. Darius Garland did his part by totaling 34 points against the Nets, but it wasn’t enough against Brooklyn’s powerful offense. LeVert finished this game with just 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field, which won’t be enough against the Hawks. Allen’s return would give the Cavs another body in the frontcourt to trouble Atlanta.

Falcons: Although Young finished with 24 points against the Hornets, he had an ineffective run to get there. The Hawks only go as far as Young takes them, and they’ll need him to have a more effective shooting night against a better Cleveland defense. If Allen plays, the Hawks will no longer have a size advantage running pick-and-rolls with Clint Capela, who finished with 15 points against the Hornets. He could put up similar numbers, but the Cavs should now have enough size to face him downstairs.

Prediction

I think Young has a more effective night against the Cavaliers and will help his team qualify for the final playoff spot in the East. Even with Allen active, Atlanta has so many offensive weapons that will cause the Cavs problems. Pick: Hawks -1.5

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