Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Where to Watch: BSSE
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Cavaliers -7.5, Hornets +7.5; Over/Under: 222.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Cavaliers -7.5, Hornets +7.5; Over/Under: 222.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Cavaliers -7.5, Hornets +7.5; Over/Under: 222.5 points
Cleveland Cavaliers: 43-27 (2nd place, Central Division)
Charlotte Hornets: 22-48 (5th place, Southeast Division)
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Cleveland Cavaliers: 5-5 last 10
Charlotte Hornets: 5-5 last 10
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets Preview and Analysis
The Cavaliers are coming into this game with a 43-27 record overall and they are 15-20 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game off of a win against the Charlotte Hornets in their last game. Darius Garland led the team in points in that game with 28 while Donovan Mitchell was next on the team with 23 points. Darius Garland led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Evan Mobley led the team in rebounds with 9. They were 47.1% from the field, 25.9% from 3-point range, and 73.5% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 112 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 106.7 PPG against them. The Cavaliers have an ATS record of 36-31-3 this season and their O/U record is 34-36.
The Hornets are coming into this game with a 22-48 record overall and they are 11-22 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 2 game losing streak with losses coming against the Utah Jazz and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their last game. Terry Rozier led the team in points in that game with 27 while PJ Washington was next on the team with 19 points. Dennis Smith Jr. led the team in assists in that game with 7 while Nick Richards led the team in rebounds with 12. They were 51.3% from the field, 47.6% from 3-point range, and 72.7% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 111.8 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 117.5 PPG against them. The Hornets have an ATS record of 31-37-2 this season and their O/U record is 31-39.
Cavaliers vs Hornets Prediction
The current betting odds have the Cavaliers listed as a 7.5 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Cavaliers have been having a great season as Donovan Mitchell has really helped turn this team around making them one of the best in the East this year. They are 43-27 overall and haven't been great in their road games with a 15-20 road record, but they just beat the Hornets on the road in their last game and will be able to repeat that win here. The Hornets have been terrible this season with their 22-48 record overall making them one of the worst teams in the East and the entire NBA. They haven't been any better in their home games either with an 11-22 home record and they have lost 2 games in a row now with their last loss coming at home to the Cavs. The Hornets are one of the worst teams in the NBA while the Cavaliers are one of the best and they are making a big push to finish as high as possible in the East. They will take advantage of their games against bad teams like this and use them to gain momentum going forward. The best way to place a bet here is on the Cavaliers to cover the spread in this game.
Cavaliers Hornets Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Tuesday, March 14, 2023 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Cavaliers 124 Hornets 110.
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NBA Betting Trends
Cleveland Cavaliers: 21-12 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 32-21 ATS as a favorite. 26-16 UNDER off a road win.
Charlotte Hornets: 14-23 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 13-20 ATS in home games. 22-11 UNDER in home games.
Cleveland Cavaliers: J. Allen (C) Ques Tues - Eye.
Charlotte Hornets: M. Williams (C) Ques Tues - Thumb. K. Oubre Jr. (SF) Ques Tues - Back. J. Bouknight (SG) Ques Tues - Ankle. C. Martin (PF) Late March - Knee. L. Ball (PG) out for season - Ankle.
“We made adjustments and the guys are figuring things out. We know who we are and what we are capable of, and as ugly as things get at times, our guys don’t quit. And you have that type of mentality where you know you can defend and get stops, you’re going to give yourself a chance. And tonight was another example of that.” - J.B. Bickerstaff after his team’s win against the Hornets in their game on Sunday.
“In the fourth quarter they were terrific. That team right there, they can be a factor in this whole thing. That’s a great team.” - Steve Clifford after his team’s loss against the Cavaliers in their game on Sunday.
PG Darius Garland
SG Donovan Mitchell
SF Isaac Okoro
PF Evan Mobley
C Jarrett Allen
PG Terry Rozier
SG Kelly Oubre Jr.
SF Gordon Hayward
PF P.J. Washington
C Mark Williams
PPG: D. Mitchell (27.6)
APG: D. Garland (7.9)
Reb/G: J. Allen (9.8)
PPG: L. Ball (23.3)
APG: L. Ball (8.4)
Reb/G: L. Ball (6.4)
Cleveland Cavaliers: J.B. Bickerstaff (5th season)
Charlotte Hornets: Steve Clifford (1st season)