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Looking for Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Cavs taking on the Hornets on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(19-14) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets (24-7)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 31
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Off
NBA Betting Total:Off
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Saturday NBA sees a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview between the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets.
Admittedly, the Cavs are a much safer bet to reach that point in the postseason, but Charlotte has looked like the second-best team out East throughout different stretches of the year.
New Year’s Eve is a good opportunity for the Hornets to prove their worth in a top-heavy conference.
*All statistics, rankings, standings and trends are current as of this writing at 3:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
The Cavaliers enter this contest coming off a win against another Eastern Conference contender.
They took down the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, but they also blew a big lead after getting comfortable in the fourth quarter — the exact same thing that the Golden State Warriors were criticized for in their Christmas Day showdown with the Cavs.
For this reason, Cleveland has even more motivation to take down Charlotte in convincing fashion.
So far this season, the Cavs are averaging 110.6 points per contest. That number is good enough for fourth in the NBA.
Defensively, Cleveland is giving up 103.5 points per game. That number is good enough for 13th in the league.
Coming into Saturday, Cleveland has won six of its last seven. Going further back, the team has gone 11-2 in its last 13.
Charlotte has been inconsistent this season, but it enters this matchup against the Cavaliers with some momentum on its side.
The Hornets have won five of their last six contests, with the only loss coming in a fluke against the lowly Brooklyn Nets.
So far this year, Charlotte is averaging 104.8 points per contest. That number is good enough for 16th in the league.
Defensively, the Hornets are top 10 in terms of both points allowed and defensive efficiency. They are giving up 102 points per game, which is good enough for ninth, and their defensive efficiency is fifth.
Against the Cavs, it’s that defense that’s going to be the most important in terms of strategy. You know that at least two of the Big Three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are going to put up big-time numbers.
Containing at least one can make a world’s difference, but stopping the complementary pieces from having an impact might be the single-most important part of the blueprint when facing a team with superstars who you know are going to produce.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Cavaliers are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Cavaliers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Hornets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
Coming off a win but with plenty to prove, it’s easy to see how the Cavaliers walk away with a victory against the Hornets.
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Don’t be shocked if Charlotte keeps this one close throughout, but don’t be surprised when the Cavs pull away late.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 113 – Charlotte Hornets 101
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