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Cavaliers meet the Hawks in play-in game

April 14, 2022 GMT

Atlanta Hawks (43-39, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (44-38, eighth in the Eastern Conference)

Cleveland; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

PLAY-IN GAME: The Cavaliers and Hawks meet to decide the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

BOTTOM LINE: The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks meet for the NBA Playoffs Play-In Tournament. The winner secures the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

The Cavaliers are 27-25 against Eastern Conference opponents. Cleveland is eighth in the Eastern Conference with 10.2 offensive rebounds per game led by Jarrett Allen averaging 3.4.

The Hawks are 26-26 in Eastern Conference play. Atlanta ranks ninth in the Eastern Conference scoring 45.6 points per game in the paint led by Clint Capela averaging 9.9.

TOP PERFORMERS: Darius Garland is averaging 21.7 points and 8.6 assists for the Cavaliers. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 16.6 points over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

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Trae Young is averaging 28.4 points and 9.7 assists for the Hawks. Bogdan Bogdanovic is averaging 17.4 points over the last 10 games for Atlanta.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cavaliers: 3-7, averaging 110.6 points, 41.9 rebounds, 24.3 assists, 6.6 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.3 points per game.

Hawks: 8-2, averaging 120.8 points, 44.4 rebounds, 25.6 assists, 8.6 steals and 3.2 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.3 points.

INJURIES: Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen: out (finger), Collin Sexton: out for season (knee), Dean Wade: out for season (knee).

Hawks: Lou Williams: out (back), John Collins: out (finger/foot).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.