Date: December 6, 2013
Tip-Off Time: 7:30 PM ET
TV Channel: SportSouth (Local in Atlanta), NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 FM (Atlanta Flagship), Atlanta Hawks Radio Network Affiliates
Live Stream: League Pass Broadband
The Kyle Korver bowl is here!
As you probably know by now, Kyle will be attempting to make NBA history on Friday night, as he attempts to surpass Dana Barros for the all-time league record for most consecutive games with a made 3-pointer. Korver knocked down a three in his 89th straight game on Wednesday, and all eyes will be on him every time he gathers for a long-range jumper in his pursuit of 90 straight.
Aside from Kyle, though, this is still an interesting match-up. The Cavs came into the season with relatively high expectations (i.e. a playoff prediction in most “previews”), but they’ve fallen flat in the early going. Cleveland is just 6-12 on the season, and they currently hold the 4th-worst mark in the league in “net rating”, as they’ve been outscored by 7.8 points per 100 possessions.
The biggest culprit in their failure early on has been their offense, which currently ranks 29th in the league at 94.8 points per 100. That makes little-to-no sense when you see that they have some quality personnel, but when you watch them, the pieces don’t fit extremely well together. The “match-up of the night” will be at the point guard spot (for the 3rd game in a row), as star front-man Kyrie Irving faces off with Atlanta’s Jeff Teague. I made the case that Teague has been better than Irving this year, but he’ll get a chance to show that on Friday.
Up front, Al Horford and company will have their hands full, as Cleveland boasts an interesting combination of size and skill. Andrew Bynum lurks as a potential per-minute monster for Cleveland (and he’s flat-out enormous), while Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson should give Horford and Millsap some fits. However, it’s tough to pick against Atlanta’s frontcourt duo right now (especially after their effort on Wednesday), and that’s a good thing.
Our close, personal friends in Las Vegas have made the Hawks a 6-point favorite on Friday night, and to be honest, that probably isn’t high enough. Cleveland has shown viable signs of life in recent days, but the Hawks are decently rested (aka not on a back-to-back) and the far better team while playing in their home building. This is a “take care of business” spot for Mike Budenholzer and company, and it seems likely that they’ll come through with a victory.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the night, and a full recap to follow.