After dropping their first play-in game, the Cleveland Cavaliers are set to host the Atlanta Hawks Friday in a win or go home situation. Atlanta defeated Charlotte by nearly 30 points as they sent the Hornets home.
The Cavs have faced the Hawks four times this season, winning the first matchup followed by three consecutive losses. The margin of defeat in every game grew from three to eight to 24 in their final matchup. Trends wise things do not look great for Cleveland.
When it comes to the Hawks everything starts with Trae Young. Young is one the young bright stars in the league and he is able to carry Atlanta on his back to victory. In 76 games Young is averaging 28.4 points, 9.7 assists, and 3.1 rebounds while averaging 38.2% from deep and 46% overall.
The one potential x-factor in this game is the status of Jarrett Allen. Allen missed the first play-in game and his absence was very apparent. If the Cavaliers can get Allen back for this game it could be just enough to tip the scales in their favor. If not, the Cavaliers promising season could be coming to an end.