Free NBA Pick: Cavaliers vs. Hornets NBA Odds
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(44-29) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets (34-41)
Date: Wednesday March 28
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 229.5
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Cleveland enters on a five game win streak having bested the Bulls, Bucks, Raptors, Suns and Nets. Charlotte is also a win streak of four games having won against the Nets, Grizzlies, Mavericks and Knicks. Now they need to bring this energy to the court and play spoiler to teams in playoff position.
Cleveland has owned Charlotte having won 12 of the past 13 meetings. This includes a sweep of the Hornets last season and both games this season. The Hornets hold the all-time record having bested the Cavaliers in 64 of their 105 matches.
LeBron James continues to absolutely feast on teams with performances resembling his MVP season. In the last game along with another dunk sure to be among the top 10 of the year he scored 37 points, dished 8 dimes and grabbed 10 rebounds.
With Kevin Love back in the rotation the Cavaliers have one of the best offenses in the NBA. The problems however, are even more pronounced on the defensive end of the court.
Jeff Green (whooping cough) missed the last game and will be out for an undetermined time. Kyle Korver is away from the team spending time at home after a death in the family. Cedi Osman (hip) has missed eight games and his return date is unknown.
Between Dwight Howard’s 32-30 game and Kemba Walker scoring 46 points on an extremely efficient 13 of 18 the Hornets are rolling. This is the squad most expected in their preseason predictions.
The issue has been consistency and bringing the same effort against the elite squads. Had Charlotte been able to channel this effort for all 82 they would be in the mix for the postseason instead of headed to the lottery.
Cody Zeller (knee) has missed nine games and will be out with no timetable for return. Likewise, Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) will miss the the season as he recovers from surgery.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games.
- Over is 15-5-1 in Hornets last 21 home games.
- Cavaliers are 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 head to head meetings.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
A sign of how well the Hornets are playing is evidenced by the meager 1.5 point spread. This despite the Cavaliers owning an eight game win streak on Charlotte. As for the Cavaliers porous defense, they have issues stopping driving guards as well as size. Therefore stopping Walker and Howard will present a major test for Cleveland.
Will the Cavaliers decide to just slug it out offensively, or will they attempt to start implementing a defensive style they can carry forward into the postseason.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers -1.5
Betting against a clicking offense and win streak of eight in a row makes no sense. In spite of a healthy 229.5 over/under it’s also worth considering betting the over because Charlotte scored 140 on Memphis and 137 on New York while the Cavaliers haven’t scored below 120 in their past four games.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 125 – Hornets 121
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