Just nine days ago, the Atlanta Hawks overcame a sizable deficit in Cleveland on the strength of a breakout performance from Trae Young. On Tuesday evening, the Hawks return to Quicken Loans Arena for the final time (what is happening with this scheduling?) this season and the Cavaliers await with a new voice at the helm.
Now-former Cavs head coach (and Hawks point guard) Tyronn Lue was dismissed between the two contests and he was replaced by former Hawks head coach Larry Drew, albeit on a strange interim basis. It will be interesting to see how different Cleveland looks under new management but, from a Hawks perspective, the defensive adjustments from the opposition will be of note after what was a disastrous showing from the Cavs in the last meeting.
Atlanta will enter on the second night of a road back-to-back, as the Hawks fell in Philadelphia by a lopsided margin on Monday. There is, of course, no shame in coming up short against a superior team on the road but the Cavs have been resting since Saturday night and that provides an advantage for the home team.
From a match-up perspective, the headliner is Young’s face-off with fellow first round guard Collin Sexton, particularly after Young decimated Sexton in their first battle. Young has struggled, at least relatively, in the recent past but Cleveland’s defense does provide an opportunity to “get right” and the same could be said for other members of the roster, including Taurean Prince.
At this juncture, the good folks in Las Vegas install the Cavs as 4.5-point favorites in this game, presumably on the strength of their rest advantage and the friendly home venue. Still, this is a spot in which Atlanta is absolutely capable of a (mild) upset victory and you can stay tuned throughout the night for all the latest.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:00 pm ET
Location: Quicken Loans Arena
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go; NBA League Pass (out of market)