Hawks vs Cavaliers: Game Preview, Injury Report, Projected Starting Lineups


Can Atlanta beat the Cavs at home tonight and win the second game in a row?It's the second night of a back-to-back for both Atlanta and Cleveland. Both teams are coming off of big wins.   

The Hawks ended their road trip with a win over the shorthanded New York Knicks, while the Cavaliers ended their 11-game winning run with one of their most spectacular wins of the season.   

Despite the fact that Atlanta is dealing with their own injuries, the Cavaliers could be facing a significant lack of players for this matchup.  

Although it has already been determined that Donovan Mitchell will not be able to participate in this game, there is a possibility that Cleveland will also be without Evan Mobley and Max Strus tonight.   

Strus missed last night's game against Boston, and Mobley was injured. The Cavs may be without many starters tonight against Atlanta at State Farm Arena.   

Watch the injury report for this game for Cleveland news and a possible Hawks addition on the second night of a back-to-back.   

The Hawks took a 33-15 lead over a New York team missing four players Friday night. The Knicks closed the distance in the second and third quarters, but Atlanta won a much-needed win.   

The offense looks bad without Trae Young, but Jalen Johnson, De'Andre Hunte, and Dejounte Murray played well. Murray has played well since Young's injury and nearly tripled against the Knicks last night. Tonight, he must lead the Hawks against an NBA powerhouse defense.   

Last night, Jalen Johnson bounced back after two poor Brooklyn games.  Johnson excelled with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. While Young is out, Johnson delivered last night to give Atlanta more games like this.   

Starting pitcher Bogdan Bogdanovic must settle in. Bogdanovic has had a tremendous season, but his offense has suffered in five games. He scored five points on 1-6 shooting last night.   

Saddiq Bey scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds against the Knicks. Bey helps the Hawks be one of the NBA's finest offensive rebounders.  

Bey compensates for his defense by shooting and rebounding well.It's possible De'Andre Hunter is playing his greatest basketball. Hunter scored another 20 points off the bench on 9-14 shooting. Hunter has been excellent off the bench for a month.  

It's possible that Atlanta needs more from the rest of their bench. Last night, Bruno Fernando, Garrison Matthews, and Trent Forrest all scored 12 points.   

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