Charlotte Hornets at Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/2/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Cleveland Cavaliers (36-25) vs Charlotte Hornets (30-33)
Game Info: Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)
Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -3.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.
The Charlotte Hornets have been in a major slump as they’ve lost 11 of their past 13 games overall and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting thrashed by the Bucks in a 130-106 road loss on Monday. LaMelo Ball led the team with 24 points on nine of 18 shooting, Terry Rozier and Kelly Oubre Jr. each scored 17 points while Miles Bridges chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Hornets shot just 38 percent from the field and 14 of 39 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Bucks until the second quarter where they allowed a depressing 44 points to fall behind by 23 points going into halftime. Things only got worse in the third quarter as the Hornets trailed by as many as 35 points
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a slump as they’ve lost four of their last five games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back after coming up short against the Timberwolves in a 127-122 loss on Monday. Kevin Love broke out of his shooting slump with 26 points off the bench, Jarrett Allen and Cedi Osman each scored 21 points, Brandon Goodwin scored 17 points with 12 assists while Evan Mobley chipped in with 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 52 percent from the field and 15 of 37 from the 3-point line as they fought hard to claw their way back from a 23-point deficit late in the fourth quarter, only to see the Timberwolves close the game on a 5-0 run to slip away in the end.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 road games, 1-6-2 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning record and 2-7-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cavaliers are 5-12-2 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a losing record and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Cleveland and the Hornets are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland.
The Hornets will again be without Gordon Hayward, Jalen McDaniels and Nick Richards, while the Cavaliers are still missing their four best guards in Darius Garland, Rajon Rondo, Caris LeVert and Collin Sexton. The Hornets haven’t been able to build any momentum over the past month and they’re going to be low on confidence after getting blown out in their last outing, so I’m sticking with the Cavaliers to bounce back with the win despite playing so shorthanded at the moment.
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