Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Friday, October 22, 2021
Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Where to Watch: BSOH
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Hornets -2.5, Cavaliers +2.5; Over/Under: NL points
Bet365: Point Spread: Hornets -2.5, Cavaliers +2.5; Over/Under: NL points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Hornets NL, Cavaliers NL; Over/Under: NL points
Charlotte Hornets: 1-0 (2nd place, Southeast Division)
Cleveland Cavaliers: 0-1 (5th place, Central Division)
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Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Preview and Analysis
Charlotte Hornets: won at home on Oct. 20 against the Indiana Pacers 123-122.
Cleveland Cavaliers: lost on the road on Oct. 20 against the Memphis Grizzlies 132-121.
Charlotte Hornets Analysis
The Hornets are coming into this game with a 1-0 record to start their season off. They won their season opener at home against the Indiana Pacers 123-122. The Hornets were awful in the 1st half of that game as they were trailing by 16 points at halftime. They came out and completely dominated the 2nd half though, completing their comeback to win that game by 1 point just squeaking by. LaMelo Ball absolutely went off in that game with 31 points, 7 assists and 9 rebounds in a game where he led the team. Gordon Hayward also had a great game scoring 27 points himself along with 3 assists and 5 rebounds. Ball led the team in assists in that game with his 7 while Mason Plumlee led the team in rebounds with 10. The Hornets opened up as a 2.5 point favorite in that game and the spread dropped to 1.5 by tip off while the point total opened at 228.5 and got down to 223, give or take, at most books by the time the line closed. The Hornets failed to cover the spread with their 1 point win but the moneyline did cash in that game. The game also went over the total whether you bet it at open or close as there were 245 total points in that game.
Cleveland Cavaliers Analysis
The Cavs are coming into this game with a 0-1 record to start their season off. They lost their first game of the season to the Memphis Grizzlies 132-121 on the road and will now be at home for their home opener in this game. The Cavs kept it close in the 1st quarter of that game but then took a flop in the 2nd quarter going down 12 points into halftime. They came out in the 3rd quarter and made a comeback cutting their deficit to 5 by the end but then blew it in the 4th quarter letting the game get away from them again. Jarrett Allen led the team in points with 25 along with 1 assist and 1 rebound. Collin Sexton and Evan Mobley were 2nd on the team with 17 points each as well. Mobley had 6 assists and 9 rebounds in that game while Sexton had 1 of each. Darius Garlund led the team in assists with 12 while Mobley and Lauri Markkanen both led the team in rebounds with 9 each. The Cavs opened that game as an 8 point underdog with the spread coming down to 7 by close while the point total opened at 217.5 points roughly moving up by 1 point at most books. They did not cover that spread, losing the game by 12 points while the game went over the total with 253 total points.
Hornets vs Cavaliers Prediction
The Hornets are coming into this game as a 2.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Cavs have been bad for a few years now, basically since Lebron James left the team again after winning the Championship with them. They were very up and down in their first game with some good quarters and some very bad ones as well. Charlotte is not great but they have a better starting lineup than the Cavs do and are just the better team in general. The Hornets showed a lot of resilience to make the comeback that they did against the Pacers and win the game on top of it all. The best bet to place in this game is on the Hornets to win the game on the moneyline as they are the better team but they were favored by this number in their last game and won but did not cover.
Hornets Cavaliers Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Friday, October 22, 2021 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Hornets 112 Cavaliers 107.
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NBA Betting Trends
Charlotte Hornets: 215-208 ATS as a favorite. 56-48 ATS as a road favorite. 48-40 ATS as a road favorite of 6 points or less. 152-143 ATS against Central division opponents.
Cleveland Cavaliers: 215-253 ATS when the line is +3 to -3. 1008-1072 ATS in all games. 516-571 ATS as an underdog. 184-197 ATS as a home underdog. 512-531 ATS in home games.
Charlotte Hornets: T. Rozier (PG) Ques Fri - Ankle injury.
Cleveland Cavaliers: D. Wade (SF) Prob Fri - Ankle injury. D. Garland (PG) Ques Fri - Ankle injury. D. Windler (SG) Out indefinitely - Knee injury.
Players to Watch
Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball is one player to watch in this matchup. He went off in their first game leading the team in points and assists and looks to be one of their best scorers on the team. Look for him to take control of this game like he did in their last one and lead his team to another win.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen is one player to watch in this contest. He led his team in pts in their first game and he is their best chance of keeping up in this game. Look for him to try and take control and score a lot of points in this one leading his team here.
"We picked up the ball and made them feel us all third quarter." - James Borrego on his team’s comeback win in the 2nd half of their season opener.
"The game got away from us down the stretch. But we've got to take steps there. You can't allow teams to get to your paint. They scored 70 points in (the) paint. And then (we) give up 14 3s as well." - J.B. Bickerstaff on his team’s loss in their season opener.
PG LaMelo Ball
SG Terry Rozier
SF Gordon Hayward
PF Miles Bridges
C Mason Plumlee
PG Darius Garland
SG Collin Sexton
SF Lauri Markkanen
PF Evan Mobley
C Jarrett Allen
PPG: L. Ball (31)
APG: L. Ball (7)
Reb/G: M. Plumlee (10)
PPG: J. Allen (25)
APG: D. Garland (12)
Reb/G: E. Mobley (9)
Charlotte Hornets: James Borrego (4th season)
Cleveland Cavaliers: J.B. Bickerstaff (3rd season)