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In Wednesday night NBA preseason action, the Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to State Farm Arena to face the Atlanta Hawks.
The Atlanta Hawks are easing several players into the rotation after recovering from knocks and injuries. That injury list just got longer with Atlanta’s best player, Trae Young, suffering a quad contusion. The Atlanta Hawks won 27 of their final 38 regular season games. The Hawks are averaging 99 points on 40 percent shooting and allowing 125 points on 52.4 percent shooting. They are shooting 23.7 percent from beyond the arc and 91.7 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 51.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers opened their preseason campaign with a thorough thrashing at the hands of the vastly improved and retooled Chicago Bulls. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 95 points on 35.7 percent shooting and allowing 131 points on 46.8 percent shooting. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 43.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51 rebounds per game.
After both teams’ ugly opening to their pre-season campaigns, the Cavs and the Hawks will look to emphasize energy, defensive intensity and focus. Cleveland boasts a healthier team and probably a more talented team on paper. Therefore, expect the Cleveland Cavaliers to beat the Atlanta Hawks in a close, back-and-forth affair.
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