The Cavaliers will try to extend their four-game win streak on Friday when they face the Atlanta Hawks. Tipoff from Quicken Loans Arena is at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
After Wednesday’s 114-91 win over the Boston Celtics, Cleveland improved to 51-27 and regained the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers opponent on Friday can help the Wine and Gold’s cause to claim the top seed as the Hawks travel to Boston to take on the Celtics on Thursday night.
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During the Cavs’ four-game win streak, the defense has held opponents to a combined .435 shooting from the field, including .321 from deep. Cleveland has outscored foes by 16.3 points over that span (123.3-107.0).
While the defense has spearheaded the Cavs recent run, their offense continues to produce, specifically from beyond the arc. On the season, the Cavs currently rank 2nd in the NBA in three-pointers made per game (13.0) and three-point percentage (.387).
No team has felt the wrath of the Wine and Gold’s long ball more than Atlanta.
Including the 2015 and 2016 Playoffs, the Cavaliers have won 12 of the last 13 games against the Hawks and the Cavs are averaging 15.1 threes per game (196-459, .427 3FG%).
To make matters tougher for Atlanta, they will be traveling from Boston on the second end of a back-to-back to The Q where opposing teams have struggled all season long. The Cavs are 31-8 in The Land, averaging 113.8 points and winning 48 straight home games when shooting at least .500 from the field (17-0 this season).
Where to Catch the Action
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, NBATV
Radio: 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega
Programming Note: On Friday, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Cavs – Hawks game (7:30 p.m.) and the Reds – Cardinals game (8:00 p.m.). To view TV listings, CLICK HERE.
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Probable Starters/Status Update*
#2 – Kyrie Irving
#5 – J.R. Smith
#23 – LeBron James
#0 – Kevin Love
#8 Channing Frye
#17 – Dennis Schröder
#10 – Tim Hardaway Jr.
#12 – Taurean Prince
#7 – Ersan Ilyasova
#8 – Dwight Howard
Status Update: (Cavs) – Tristan Thompson, (Sprained Right Thumb, Out)
Status Update: (Hawks) – Thabo Sefolosha, (Right Groin Strain, Out)
*Subject to change.
The aforementioned dominance of the Cavs over the Hawks has been well-documented.
The last time these two teams faced off, the Cavs defeated the Hawks 135-130 at Philips Arena on March 3rd. In the win, the Wine and Gold set the NBA record for three-pointers in a game, going 25-46 (.543) from beyond the arc. The Cavs also became the first team in NBA history to have six players make at least three three-pointers in a single game (James-6, Irving-5, Frye-3, Korver-3, Derrick Williams-3, Jefferson-3). Overall, Cleveland shot 47-86 (.547) from the field and had 31 assists.
Friday’s matchup is the third of four regular season meetings between the two teams, who will meet again on Sunday in Atlanta.
Better Halves DVCAC Awareness Night: For the third straight year, the Cavaliers and their Better Halves will once again collect baby items to donate to the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center. DVCAC provides programs and services to women, men, teens and children who are victims of abuse. Members of the Better Halves will be at each entrance of Quicken Loans Arena at Friday’s game collecting baby supplies and fans who donate will be entered to win player autographed items.
After Friday’s game, the Wine and Gold travel to Atlanta for a back-to-back against the Hawks and Heat next Sunday and Monday before closing out the campaign next Wednesday against Toronto at The Q.
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