Will Trae Young and Co. Lift the Winless Hawks over the Cavaliers?

On Sunday, October 21 the Atlanta Hawks travel to Cleveland, Ohio as they look to gain their first win of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 
As of right now, both the Hawks and Cavaliers are winless as of early this season.

 

However, during their matchup, one of the two teams will walk away with their first win of the season. Could it be Atlanta? Or could it be Cleveland?

 
The Hawks lost the season opener in Memphis against rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. and the Grizzlies, 131-117. Taurean Prince finished as the teams leading scorer with 28 points, shooting 10-for-15 from the field and connecting on 4-of-9 attempts from deep. Prince also had four rebounds and three assists in the team’s loss.

 
The Cavaliers lost their season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves led by Jimmy Butler. Although Butler went on to score 33 points on 10-of-12 from the field and a perfect 12-for-12 at the charity stripe. The Cavaliers had a solid performance from veteran forward Kevin Love. Love finished the game with 25 points, shooting 6-of-19 from the field but was a perfect 10-for-10 from the strip.

Cleveland Cavaliers:

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The Cavaliers are being led this season by power forward Kevin Love. Love has the opportunity to take a bigger role within the Cavaliers organization with the signing of LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers.

 
So far during the first two games of the season, Love has gone on to average 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game. During his career in Cleveland, Love has shown his worth on both ends of the ball being able to make big plays when needed. With his ability to crash the glass, Love has picked up an average of 11 rebounds defensively and two rebounds offensively.

Rookie Matchup: PG Collin Sexton

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Sexton is currently in his first season within the NBA after being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers out of the University of Alabama. During the 2018 season, Sexton has gone on to average 11.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and .5 assists a game. However, during the Cavaliers latest matchup against the Timberwolves, Sexton dropped 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.

Atlanta Hawks:

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This season is just getting started for the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks. With the team having a lot of young talent within the starting roster, when will things begin to look different?
At 24-years old, small forward Taurean Prince has shown a glimmer of hope for Hawks fans early this season. Prince is averaging 24 points, five rebounds, and four assists through two games this season. While against Memphis, Prince was able to score 28 points while recording four rebounds and three assists.

 
While the Hawks have some impressive young talent, the team has seen a lot of production from veteran shooting guard Vince Carter. Carter is 41 years old but is currently averaging 11 points and two rebounds a game.

Rookie Matchup: PG Trae Young

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Young is currently in the starting point guard position after being drafted in the 2018 NBA Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. Young has averaged 17 points, four rebounds, and seven assists in two games season for the Hawks. However, during his matchup against the Grizzlies, Young scored 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the field and going 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Prediction: Hawks 116 – Cavaliers 125

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