After a slow start to the season, the Atlanta Hawks are surging and carry a four-game winning streak into Saturday's matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hawks are coming off of one of their best performances of the season in Friday's 114-103 win over the Miami Heat. They will look to build off that solid performance against one of the Eastern Conference favorites in the Cavaliers.
Eight different players scored in double figures for the Hawks on Friday led by Paul Millsap and Al Horford with 19 points each. After struggling a bit in the early part of the season, Atlanta's offense found a groove against the Heat. The Hawks racked up 114 points in the win and shot 56 percent from the field. The ball movement was crisp and the result was 33 assists on 42 made baskets.
Both teams will be on the second nights of a back-to-back on Saturday. Atlanta was able to have a comfortable margin of victory and no player logged more than Kyle Korver's 37 minutes. The Cavaliers had to pull off a late rally to down the Celtics 122-121. Cleveland outscored Boston 38-20 in the fourth quarter and needed 41 points from LeBron James to pull out the win. James and Kyrie Irving accounted for 68 of Cleveland's 122 points and slowing them down will be a priority for the Hawks.
Atlanta will be without forward DeMarre Carroll who will miss his third straight game due to a groin injury. Carroll suffered the injury in Monday's win in New York. Thabo Sefolosha has started both games in Carroll's absence for the Hawks and is averaging 11 points and 5.5 rebounds in those two games.
Atlanta has continued to get strong play from its bench and in particular second-year guard Dennis Schröder. Schröder finished with 10 points and six assists off the bench on Friday and has scored in double figures in four of the last five games.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM