NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 19th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (26-55) at Cleveland Cavaliers (49-32), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will wrap up their regular season tonight when they host the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland is the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and have won four of its last six games, including Monday's 93-88 win over Boston at TD Banknorth Garden.
Larry Hughes scored 21 points, dished out six assists and made five steals for the Cavs, who are one win shy of 50 for the season. The last time Cleveland posted 50 or more wins was during the 1992-93 campaign.
Anderson Varejao scored 14 points, while Eric Snow and Damon Jones each netted 12 points for the Cavaliers, who won despite the absence of LeBron James. James sprained his left ankle in last Wednesday's loss to Detroit and the team is 2-0 without him in the lineup.
Cleveland, which has not been to the postseason since 1998, is 30-10 at home this season. The Cavs have won 10 in a row at home after posting a 19-22 mark away from Quicken Loans Arena in 2005-06.
Meanwhile, the Hawks are headed for summer vacation after Wednesday's tilt in Cleveland.
Atlanta has won two in a row after a four-game losing streak. On Tuesday, Zaza Pachulia scored 18 points and Tyronn Lue sank the game-winning three-pointer as Atlanta defeated the Miami Heat, 103-100, at Philips Arena.
Al Harrington scored 17 points for the Hawks, while Joe Johnson and Lue had 15 points apiece. Josh Childress added 10 points in the win.
The Hawks, who ended the season 18-23 at home, are 1-11 in their last 12 road games. They also own a lowly 8-32 record away from Philips Arena this season.
The season series between Atlanta and Cleveland is tied at a game apiece, but the Cavs have won eight of the last nine meetings.
Atlanta has dropped five of its last eight at Cleveland.
04/19 11:07:37 ET