Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Odds & Predictions

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November 18, 7:30 PM EST
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Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
CHA +9.5/ CLE -9.5
Total: 
221.5

The Cavs are a large -9.5 favorite when they host the Hornets on Friday night at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Get our projected point spread winner.

Notable Injuries

Hornets

  • Gordon Hayward (Doubtful) Shoulder
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (Doubtful) Ankle
  • Cody Martin (Out) Knee
  • LaMelo Ball (Out) Ankle
  • Mark Williams (Out) Ankle


Cavaliers

  • Ricky Rubio (Out) Knee
  • Jarrett Allen (Questionable) Ankle
  • Dylan Windler (Out) Ankle
  • Dean Wade (Doubtful) Knee

Recent Form

So far, the Hornets have put together an overall record of 4-12 while going 10-5-1 vs. the spread. Over the team's past three games, Charlotte has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.

The Hornets will be looking to bounce back from a 125-113 loss to the Pacers. In terms of betting, Charlotte entered as 1 point underdog, giving them an ATS win. Charlotte missed out on an opportunity to add a win to their resume, as they held a 3-point lead going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was LaMelo Ball, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 58.8% of his shots.

The Cavaliers come into today's matchup with an overall record of 8-6. So far, the team has gone 8-6-0 against the spread. Cleveland will take the court, having lost five straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -6.8 points per game.

Not only did the Cavaliers drop their last game to the Bucks. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 113-98 as 2-point underdogs. Cleveland was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 1. Leading the team in scoring was Darius Garland, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 40.0% of his shots.

The Historicals

Going back to last year, the Cavaliers and Hornets split the season series. However, Charlotte held the edge when playing on the road, going 2-0. Similar to their season-long average, the Hornets averaged 113.25 points per game vs. the Cavaliers. Like the Hornets, the Cavaliers maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 106.25 points per game vs. Charlotte. Across the previous five meetings between the teams, the Hornets have an average scoring margin of +7 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. A combined average of 217 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.

Analysis

This season, the Charlotte offense is ranked 23rd in the NBA in scoring at 109.2 points per game. When looking at the Hornets' pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 100.7. Yet, they are still a below-average group in terms of made shots per game. So far, the Hornets are 15th in field goals made per contest.

On defense, the Hornets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 25th-ranked unit in points allowed per game.

On offense, Kelly Oubre Jr. leads the Hornets in scoring at 18.25 points per game, placing him 60th in the NBA. Overall, Oubre Jr. has hit 40.8% of his shots while accounting for 18.1% of the team's looks from the field. In today's game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 3rd in points allowed to shooting guards. At 15.12 points per game, P.J. Washington is the 2nd leading scorer for the Hornets.

Through 14 games, Cleveland is the 10th best scoring team at 114.7 points per game. The Cavaliers come into the game as one of the league's better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.0 made 3's per game. One area that the Cleveland offense will continue to rely on is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are the 4th ranked unit in made free-throw per game.

Against the Hornets, the Cavaliers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 5th ranked unit at 105.67 points per game.

On offense, Donovan Mitchell leads the Cavs in scoring at 30.92 points per game, placing him 6th in the NBA. Overall, Mitchell has hit 50.0% of his shots while accounting for 24.8% of the team's looks from the field. In today's game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 10th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 15.14 points per game, Evan Mobley is the 2nd leading scorer for Cleveland.

Betting Trends

  • Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a double-digit loss at home.
  • Hornets are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points.
  • Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games.
  • Cavaliers are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Friday games.

Hornets vs. Cavs prediction ATS 11/18/22

Lamelo Ball won't be playing and while one player doesn't make a team, this team loses it's identity without him on the floor. I'm laying the points with Cleveland in what I believe will be a blowout.

Free Pick: 
Take Cleveland -9.5