The Cleveland Cavaliers are in terrible form, losing their last ten games. They have struggled both offensively and defensively; their worst offensive rating is the worst in the competition this season, while their defense has suffered due to injuries to several key players.
Moreover, the impending trade of Andre Drummond has resulted in an unsettled roster.
The Atlanta Hawks, meanwhile, have relied a bit too much on the exploits of Trae Young. They are themselves toying with the idea of trading John Collins, who has been their second-best player this season.
The Atlanta Hawks have also been in indifferent recent form, losing four of their last six games.
Fixture - Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers | 2020-21 NBA Season.
Date & Time - Sunday, February 23rd; 7:00 PM ET (Monday, February 24th; 6:00 AM IST).
Venue - Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH.
Atlanta Hawks Preview
The Atlanta Hawks had started the season well despite the number of long-term absentees they have had to deal with. But they have lost their way in recent weeks, with Trae Young is still producing consistently but has been left with too much to do in too many games.
The Atlanta Hawks come into this matchup with the likes of Rajon Rondo, De’Andre Hunter, Kris Dunn and Bogdan Bogdanovic missing. However, Clint Capela is expected to continue his recent form at both ends of the court.
Tony Snell and Danilo Gallinari came good off the bench with 12 points apiece in their previous outing. The duo could be key from the bench again.
Key Player – Trae Young
Trae Young has proved to be absolutely crucial to the Atlanta Hawks’ offence this campaign. He is coming off a huge 35-point and 15-assist performance against the Denver Nuggets in his last outing.
Young is shooting at a decent 37.9% from the 3-point zone and is averaging 26.9 points and 9.5 assists this season. The Atlanta Hawks have a decent chance of winning this game, thanks to Trae Young's form.
Atlanta Hawks Predicted Lineup
G - Trae Young, G - Kevin Huerter, F - John Collins, F - Cam Reddish, C - Clint Capela.
Cleveland Cavaliers Preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers have seemingly lost the plot in recent games, suffering at both ends of the court.
Nevertheless, Collin Sexton has been the one shining light in the absence of the likes of Larry Nance Jr., Taurean Prince and Mathew Dellavedova, who are all expected to be out for a few weeks.
Kevin Love has recently started attending training but is still some way off a return.
With Drummond’s future uncertain, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in need of some big performances from the likes of Collin Sexton and Jarrett Allen.
However, one positive has been that Darius Garland, who registered 21 points and eight assists in his last game, is fit to start.
Key Player – Collin Sexton
Collin Sexton has been impressive for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, averaging 22.9 points and a steal every game.
His 3-point shooting has been on point too (39.4% accuracy), but he has struggled for consistency in recent games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who are in the middle of a horror run, will look at Sexton to help them get more aggressive at both ends of the court.
Cleveland Cavaliers Predicted Lineup
G - Darius Garland, G - Collin Sexton, F - Isaac Okoro, F - Cedi Osman, C - Jarrett Allen.
Hawks vs Cavaliers Match Prediction
The Cleveland Cavaliers have looked out of sorts, lacking consistency at the offensive end.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks are coming off an impressive victory against the Denver Nuggets and are favorites against the Cleveland Cavaliers.