Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 12/28/12
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OPENING TIP The Cavs are riding a two-game winning streak for the first time this season, and theyve done it without Anderson Varejao. Thats a good thing, considering Varejaos bruised knee will keep him out of both games this weekend (the Cavs play Saturday at Brooklyn). The Hawks have also won two in a row, including Wednesdays double-overtime thriller vs. Detroit. This is their first visit to Cleveland since Danny Ferry became GM over the summer. Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland TVRadio: 7 p.m. FOX Sports OhioWTAM All-Time Series: Hawks lead, 109-94. STARTING LINEUPS ATLANTA HAWKS (17-9) C Al Horford PF Josh Smith SF Kyle Korver SG Lou Williams PG Jeff Teague CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (7-23) C Tyler Zeller PF Tristan Thompson SF Alonzo Gee SG Dion Waiters PG Kyrie Irving Pregame notes: Thompson is averaging 13.0 points and 12.8 rebounds, and shooting 50 percent, during the previous four games. He hit the go-ahead basket (and ensuing free throw) in the Cavs 87-84 win over Washington. Atlanta is eighth in the league in points allowed (94.8). Only two opponents have shot 50 percent or better vs. the Hawks this season. The Hawks are 7-0 when Smith and Horford post double-doubles on the same night. Smith is having perhaps his best season, both production-wise and in his conduct. Not unusual during contract years. Hawks guard Devin Harris (sore foot) will miss his fifth straight game. The Cavs won the only other matchup this season, 113-111, at Atlanta (Nov. 30). Irving did not play.
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