Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets - 4/23/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets - 4/23/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets (28-29) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (21-37)

Game Info: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

Betting Odds: Charlotte Hornets -1 -- Over/Under: 209 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets collide at the Spectrum Center on Friday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a rut as they’ve lost five of their last seven games, but they will be looking to build some momentum after arresting a three-game side with a 121-105 win over the Bulls on Wednesday. Collin Sexton led the team with 30 points and seven assists on 11 of 17 shooting, Darius Garland added 25 points on eight of 13 shooting while Kevin Love chipped in with 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 51 percent from the field and 16 of 36 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates to an early lead and dominated the Bulls to lead by as many as 33 points in a game where they were never threatened.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets haven’t been doing well over the past couple of weeks as they’ve lost six of their past seven games. Terry Rozier has been leading the team in scoring with averages of 20.7 points and 3.9 assists per game, Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game before he went down with injury, Devonte’ Graham is averaging 14.1 points and 5.2 assists per game while PJ Washington is averaging 12.1 points per game. The Hornets are averaging 110.0 points per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from the 3-point line.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games as a road underdog. The Hornets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. 

Head to head, the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall, the Cavaliers are 14-6-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall and the Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Charlotte. 

LaMelo Ball is not yet close to a return, Gordon Hayward is out at least another week while Malik Monk is likely out with an ankle sprain, so the Hornets will be shorthanded once again. The Cavaliers have been in terrible shape lately, but they came to life with an impressive win over the depleted Bulls on Wednesday. It’s hard to bet on the Cavaliers who have been inconsistent all season, but I think they can get the win against a shorthanded Hornets playing on zero days’ rest.

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Peter’s Pick Cleveland +1

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