The Atlanta Hawks will be on the road Saturday evening for a matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hawks will look to move to 2-0 on the young season vs. Cleveland after their season opening win vs. the Dallas Mavericks Thursday, who will be on a back-to-back following their loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.
Trae Young had 19 points and 14 assists in the win over Dallas, with Cam Reddish adding 20 points. De’Andre Hunter looked great in his return to regular season action, providing a solid presence on offense and stifling defense on Luka Doncic.
The Cavaliers were without starting point guard Darius Garland in Friday’s contest, and his status for Saturday's game is presumably up in the air as he's currently listed as day-to-day.
In some ways Cleveland is where the Hawks were a couple of years ago, early in the process of acquiring a lot of young talent. This season they will try to put some of that talent together, as Garland, Collin Sexton, Issac Okoro (Atlanta native), Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen make for a promising young core.
Hawks rookie Sharife Cooper was high school teammates with Okoro, so we will see if he gets on the floor to face his old friend like he did during the preseason.
For the Hawks, Danilo Gallinari (left shoulder soreness) is questionable. Onyeka Okongwu (right shoulder surgery rehabilitation) remains out. Jalen Johnson and Lou Williams, who were on the report ahead of the Dallas game, are now off the report.
The Cavaliers list Garland as well as wing Dylan Windler day-to-day.
Atlanta sits as an 8-point favorite over the Cavaliers as of early Saturday morning. The final status of Garland could and likely will impact this line by a point or two.
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
TV: BSSE, League Pass (out of market)
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Streaming: Bally Sports App, League Pass