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Preview: Hawks host Cavs in search of fifth win in six games

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The final home game of 2018.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: The Hawks released their official injury report for Saturday’s game.

Alex Len (back strain), Alex Poythress (left ankle soreness) and Miles Plumlee (left knee pain) are questionable.

Dewayne Dedmon (left knee soreness) is doubtful.

Taurean Prince (left ankle sprain) is out.


The Atlanta Hawks are, without question, playing their best basketball of the season. On the heels of a thrilling win in overtime on Friday evening, the Hawks have won four of their last five games and, on Saturday evening, Atlanta will return to the floor (with a quick turnaround) in an intriguing spot.

With the College Football Playoff as the backdrop (likely prompting a less than robust total audience), the Hawks will play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers at State Farm Arena in what will be the third match-up between the two teams this season. Both Atlanta and Cleveland own victories by 20-plus points in the season series but, in the same breath, the Cavs enter this game having lost five straight.

Both teams are facing a back-to-back with travel involved, meaning there is a level playing field here. To that end, the Hawks are currently listed as four-point favorites (yes, favorites) in this game and it will be interesting to see how the team deals with the role as the team to beat on this evening.

From a match-up perspective, Trae Young and Collin Sexton square off in a battle of 2018 lottery picks at the point guard position and, nationally, that will be the central talking point of the night. Still, it has been Atlanta’s veterans — namely Kent Bazemore, Dewayne Dedmon and John Collins — that have fueled their recent surge and Cleveland has solid veterans (at least in some spots) in their own right.

Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest from Atlanta.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 29, 7:30 pm ET

Location: State Farm Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network

Streaming: Fox Sports Go; NBA League Pass (out of market)