Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets – NBA April 14

Cavaliers (19-34, 8-19 road) at Hornets (27-26, 13-11 home)

  • Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
  • Place: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio | Bally Sports Southeast | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The Hornets cannot afford to trip up vs. Cleveland, even without LeMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward who are out with injuries. The injury-plagued Hornets fell to the Lakers, 101-93, at home last night as they were missing five of their top six scorers.

Charlotte has won two in a row and the Hornets are 5-5 on the second game of back-to-backs this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost two in a row and seven out of nine as they are sitting at No. 13 in the Eastern Conference which is three games out of the 10-seed which encompasses the play-in game.

The Hornets have won their last two in the series at home although they dropped a 121-114 decision in Cleveland on Dec. 23. In that game, the Cavaliers outscored Charlotte, 41-21, in the second quarter as Collin Sexton led the Cleveland attack with 27 points while Darius Garland added 22. Terry Rozier scored 42 points and made 10 threes for the Hornets.

Key Injuries

  • Cleveland CavaliersJarrett Allen (concussion), Damyean Dotson (knee), Darius Garland (ankle), Larry Nance (illness), Collin Sexton (illness), Dylan Windler (knee) – Day to Day
  • Charlotte HornetsLaMelo Ball (wrist), Gordon Hayward (foot), Malik Monk (ankle), PJ Washington (ankle), – OUT; Terry Rozier (knee tendonitis) – Day to Day

Team Trends

Cavaliers (22-31 ATS):

  • The OVER has been the play in the Cavs’ last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 13-6-1 ATS in it’s last 20 games
  • The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 games in Charlotte

Hornets (29-23-1 ATS):

  • The Hornets are 6-4 ATS on the second night of a back-to-back this season
  • Charlotte is 8-4 ATS in it’s last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the last 9 games between the Cavaliers and Hornets

Last Time Out

New Orleans outscored Cleveland, 26-15, in the fourth quarter to take a 116-109 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday evening. Zion Williamson had 38 points for the Pelicans while Dean Wade stepped up to lead the Cavaliers with 21 points as Kevin Love and Isaac Okoro had 19 each.

The Hornets succumbed to the Lakers, 101-93, as they shot only 43.4 percent and went 25.7 percent from three. Devonte’ Graham was the lone member of the Hornets’ top echelon of scorers who played and he led with 19 as Caleb Martin netted 17 points.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Cavaliers +3 (-105) +140 O 212.5 (-110)
Hornets -3 (-115) -160 U 212.5 (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook

Advantage, Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers LogoThe entirety of this game is going to hinge on who is available as it looks like Sexton, Garland and Nance should probably be able to play. Sexton (24.1 ppg) and Garland (16.9 ppg) have turned into one of the top-scoring duos in the NBA in combining for an even 41 points per game. The Cavaliers are last in the league in three-point makes, attempts, and percentage, so the idea when defending Sexton and Garland is to keep them out of transition and also stop dribble-penetration.

Taurean Prince has been a key contributor of late for Cleveland as he has averaged 15.0 points over the last five games. The Hornets give up 14.8 makes (29th/NBA) and 40.5 attempts (29th/NBA), so the opportunity will be there for the Cavalier to get a rhythm from behind the arc.

Key Cavaliers Stat

Garland’s availability will bee a huge key for Cleveland as he is averaging 25.7 points over his last three games while making 45.8 percent of his threes. Sexton has scored over 20 points in his last seven and in 21 of his last 24 games as he has averaged 25.4 points per night over his last 24 and has dished four dimes per game.

Cavaliers Fact

Getting significant contributions from role players on this team is a must and rookie Isaac Okoro has stepped his game up mightily in April as he is averaging 12.2 points per game and shooting 60.5 percent with nine threes in six games.

Isaiah Hartenstein is making his presence felt in the pivot since he joined the Cavs as he is getting 10.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting 60.5 percent from the floor in those seven games.

Advantage, Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets LogoThe Hornets would look forward to the returns of Terry Rozier on the perimeter as he teams with Devonte Graham to formulate the three-point game. Rozier makes 40.4 percent of his triples and Graham is a solid facilitator as he is averaging 18.3 points and six rebounds per game. Graham has 18 makes in those last three games as 14 are from the three-point range.

Key Hornets Stat:

Miles Bridges has been a huge contributor on the recent Hornets road trip as he averaged 15.5 points and 5.7 rebounds as averaged 17.3 points in the last three games which he started. He came home and had a posterizing dunk on Atlanta’s Clint Capela in a 23-point effort vs. the Hawks. He has logged 35 or more minutes in the last four games and made 10 triples in those four games as well.

Hornets Fact:

Jalen McDaniels’ game has taken off lately as well as he entered the starting line up seven games ago and he has averaged 16.3 points and 6.7 rebounds over his last four games where he has made 27-of-44 shots which includes eight threes. McDaniels’ athleticism causes mismatches both on the perimeter and in the paint and he is another player that is a key in Charlotte’s development of depth.

Winner: Hornets (-3) 111, Cavaliers 105

The Bets
Charlotte Hornets -3
-115
Charlotte Hornets
-160
OVER 212.5
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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