And if Allen does play, are the Cavs the favorite? And who wins if Allen doesn’t play? Does that make the Hawks the favorite?
This is all new for the Cavs. They have a young core of Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen, and yes, Allen. Meanwhile, the Hawks advanced to the Eastern Conference finals last season, with all-everything guard Trae Young leading the way.
The Hawks won the season series by a 3-1 count and have been one the NBA’s hottest teams as of late. But the Cavs are playing on their own home floor and have been the pleasant surprise of the season.
Who will emerge as the East’s eighth seed to play the Heat? Make your pick below.