The NBA is set up with an action packed night of basketball throughout Friday night. Seven games will be up on the board on April 23. One of these matchups will be between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets. These two teams are in opposite parts of the standings, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Cleveland has put up a record of 21-37 throughout this season, which has them sitting in thirteenth place of the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are four games back on a playoff spot and can still make a push with a strong end to the season. Cleveland is coming off a win in their last game, which ended a three game losing streak. The Cavaliers will look to build on that in this one.
The Hornets have posted a record of 28-30 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in eighth place of the Eastern Conference. Charlotte has lost back to back games and six of their last seven. The Hornets are looking to hold onto a playoff spot with a win in this one. Charlotte will look to bounce back from a loss on Thursday night in this matchup.
These two teams are still very much in the playoff race. Charlotte is comfortably in a playoff spot as of right now, while the Cavaliers can still make a push. The Hornets have been a bit better throughout this season and will look to keep it going in this one. Charlotte is coming off a game on Thursday night and will look to avoid a slow start in this one.
The Cavaliers and the Hornets have already met up twice throughout this season. Cleveland hosted the first game back on December 23. Terry Rozier dropped 42 points, while Gordon Hayward scored 28. It was not enough for Charlotte though. Collin Sexton finished with 27 points and Darius Garland put up 22. The Cavaliers starting lineup combined for 87 points as Cleveland won 121-114.
The second game of the season series shifted to Charlotte on April 14. Terry Rozier scored 22 points and Miles Bridges put up 20. It still was not enough for the Hornets though. Taurean Prince dropped 25 points off the bench, while Darius Garland and Kevin Love both finished with 17 points. The Cavaliers were able to earn a big 103-90 win on the road.
Charlotte has been the better team throughout this season, but they have struggled to break through against the Cavaliers this season. Cleveland has won both games in the season series so far and will look to pull off the sweep on Friday night. The Hornets will look to switch things up in this one as they try to earn a big win at home against this Cleveland team.
Field Goal Shooting
Cleveland has not been great shooting the ball throughout this season. The Cavaliers have made around 45.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. Cleveland has been shooting 34 percent from deep, which is 29th in the league. The Cavaliers have also sunk 74.2 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 26th in the NBA.
The Hornets have not been much better shooting the ball. Charlotte has shot 45.8 percent from the field this season, which is 21st in the league. The Hornets have drained 37.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 7th in the NBA. Charlotte has made 76.8 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 21st in the league.
Charlotte has a slight edge shooting the ball in this one and the Hornets have also been a bit better on defense. Charlotte has held opposing teams to a 46.7 percent from the field, which is 16 thin the NBA. The Cavaliers have allowed their opponents to shoot 48 percent from the field, which is 28th in the league. The Hornets will look for their defense to help them break out of this slump in this game.
Collin Sexton has been the leader for the Cavaliers throughout this season. Sexton is averaging 24.5 points per game. Darius Garland has averaged 17.5 points and 6 assists. Jarrett Allen is averaging 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Kevin Love has averaged 11.5 points, while Taurean Prince is averaging 10 points per game.
Terry Rozier has had a strong season for Charlotte so far. Rozier has averaged 20.5 points per game. Devonte’ Graham is averaging 14 points. Malik Monk has averaged 13 points per game, while P.J. Washington is averaging 12 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Miles Bridges rounds out the lineup, averaging 11.5 points per game.
The Hornets have been plagued with injuries as of late. Charlotte is without rookie sensation LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward. Malik Monk could make his return to the court in this one though. If Monk is out as well, the Hornets will need some players to step up in this game. Cleveland will look to control the paint to force the Hornets into another uncomfortable game.
These two teams have struggled as of late, but I think that Charlotte can come out for a big win in this one. The Hornets are at home and have struggled against Cleveland this season, but I think they will push the pace quickly. If Charlotte can jump out to an early lead at home on Friday night, I think they will hold on for a big win in this one.
BetOnline has the Hornets listed as a -1 against the spread in this one. This gives a very slight edge to Charlotte at home in this one. I agree with this line as the Hornets have been limping along with injuries, while Cleveland seems like they are going to miss the playoffs once again. I think Charlotte has more to play for in this game though, which will help lead them to a big win.