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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks Predictions and Preview for 3/31/2022

Cleveland Cavaliers takes on Atlanta Hawks on 3/31/2022 at 07:40 PM.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks face off in an important game for both teams. Cleveland Cavaliers has a record of 42-34 this regular season. Atlanta Hawks is 39-37 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Cleveland Cavaliers Team Defense Preview


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They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 108.8 would certainly justify such praise. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. They are not doing enough to stop opponents from scoring at the rim. Making the easy shots hard is what this team does to opponents, among the best in the NBA.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Cleveland Cavaliers Team Offense Preview




Their offensive efficiency is 111.3, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a team that likes to play grinders. They want to execute in half court and frustrate opponents in their offensive half court situations.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .569 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .535, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .387 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .351 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .761 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They successfully retrieved 24.1% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Atlanta Hawks Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 115.0, there is a lot of work to do here. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are a below average team when it comes to their ability to force bad shots. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Atlanta Hawks Team Offense Preview


Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 116.1 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .580 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .542, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .387 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .373 of their shots from three point range. They are an above average three point shooting team. They made .813 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are an above average Free Throw shooting team.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 22.9% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers Roster

The Players to Watch for Cleveland Cavaliers

Evan Mobley 7-0 215 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Darius Garland 6-1 192 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Isaac Okoro 6-5 225 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

Getting to the rim is important to him. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Atlanta Hawks Roster

The Players to Watch for Atlanta Hawks

Trae Young 6-1 164 PG

He is a candidate for the All-Star Game this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Kevin Huerter 6-7 190 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. In the NBA, he would be considered one of the more passive offensive players and he is almost exclusively a jump shooter. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Clint Capela 6-10 240 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He is one of the leaders in the NBA in his ability to get scoring attempts at the rim. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He either does not take three point shots or he does not make them either. Opponents are probably quite aware. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. Fouling him is probably better than letting him get two points on a drive or post-up. The Free Throw Line is an adventure for him and everyone is there to watch.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.The ball is in safe hands with him and there is a general level of comfort in his stewardship. He finds a way to get second and third chance opportunity for his team.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 110 Atlanta Hawks 111

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