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Cavaliers vs Hornets Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks

Cleveland Hopes to Continue Dominance

Cleveland Seeks Needed Road Win

The basketball odds are surprising for how poor the Cleveland Cavaliers have been away from home, but Tuesday is a golden opportunity to take care of business against the Charlotte Hornets.

The Cavs are 3½ games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for third in the Eastern Conference.

Cavaliers vs Hornets Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks
Cavaliers vs Hornets Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks

Meanwhile, the Hornets have lost their star point guard and several other players to injuries in what has been a lost season.

Cavs to Secure Winning Road Trip

The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing their fourth and final game of a road trip in which they split with the Miami Heat and hope to sweep the Charlotte Hornets team. They would like to do so convincingly and help their NBA title odds.

The Cavs are 24th in scoring 112.0 points per game, sixth in making 48.7% of field goal attempts, 12th in making 36.3% of 3-point shots, and 19th in making 77.8% of free throw attempts.

Defensively, they are first in the NBA at holding teams to 106.7 points per game, seventh at limiting them to 46.6% on field goal attempts, and 22nd in allowing 37.1% of 3-point shots to fall.

The Cavaliers are 36-31-3 against the spread (ATS) and 34-36 on over/unders. They are 15-20 straight up (SU) away from home. They are 31-21-3 ATS as favorites and 7-7-2 ATS on the road against teams with a losing record.

Cleveland will be without center Jarrett Allen due to an eye injury.

Hornets Looking for Positives to Close Season

It has been a forgettable season for the Charlotte Hornets, who were 13-23 in games star point guard LaMelo Ball played in. But Steve Clifford hopes to build some positives in his first year as the Hornets finish the stretch run, likely having already secured the best odds for the No. 1 pick.

The Hornets are 26th in scoring 111.8 points per game, 27th in making 45.5% of field goal attempts, 29th in making 33.1% of 3-point shots, and 27th in making 74.8% of free throw attempts.

Defensively, the Hornets are 23rd in allowing 117.5 points per game, 18th in allowing teams to convert 47.6% of field goal attempts, and 13th in holding teams to 35.8% on 3-point shots.

Charlotte is 31-36-3 ATS and 31-38-1 on over/under. It is 11-22 SU at home. The Hornets are 24-28-3 ATS as underdogs and 8-10 ATS at home against teams with a winning record.

According to the recent NBA news, they will be without Ball (ankle), Cody Martin (knee), and Mark Williams (thumb), while James Bouknight (ankle) is questionable, and Kelly Oubre Jr. (back) is probable.

Cavaliers vs Hornets Game Injuries

 

Cavaliers vs Hornets Head-to-Head

The Cavaliers have dominated the all-time series against the Hornets. Looking at the past NBA lines, the Cavs have 73 wins to the Hornets’ 48 in 121 regular season games.

In the last five games, the teams are 2-2-1 ATS and the over is 3-2.

Cavaliers vs Hornets Game Information

  • Game: Cavaliers (43-27) vs Hornets (22-48)
  • Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Cavaliers vs Hornets Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

Cavaliers vs Hornets Betting Lines

Cavaliers vs Hornets Picks and Prediction

Being favored by 8 points is a lot on the road, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are 0-2-1 ATS in their last three games against the Charlotte Hornets. That includes Sunday’s 114-108 victory in which Cleveland was favored by 10.

Part of the Cavs’ issue with spreads that large is they do not play with great pace, so they will naturally be in a lot of tight games.

Though the Hornets are not great at making shots and are poor at defending inside, they can still compete with some savvy veterans who are still healthy and playing.

NBA picks show 64% of public bets are on the Cavs to cover the spread, and another 63% of bets are on the over. It is worth considering the Cavs are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Charlotte, whereas the under is 6-2 in the last eight games there. So, consider some positive regression as those lines could even out.

The Cavaliers are listed at -300 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Cavaliers, you have a chance to win $33. The Hornets is +250, offering a chance to win $250 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Cavaliers a 75.00% chance to win, with the Hornets at 28.57%.

Cavaliers vs Hornets Edge

Cavaliers vs Hornets Results

Cavaliers vs Hornets Game Summary

 

Cavaliers vs Hornets Previous Game(Mar. 12, 2023)

The knee-jerk reaction for NBA picks here will be to bet on the Cavaliers to not only win but cover. The two teams are virtually opposite when it comes to records.

The challenge for Charlotte here is that the Cavaliers are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. Meanwhile, Charlotte is sloppy with turnovers as they’re coughing up 13.2 per game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are a big favorite in the sportsbook on Sunday as they visit the Charlotte Hornets. That’s not a huge surprise as the Cavs are the fourth-best team in the Eastern Conference while the Hornets are second-worst.

Cavaliers vs Hornets Game Summary

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