NBA Experts Picks - Hornets vs Cavaliers March 12, 2023

NBA Experts Picks - Hornets vs Cavaliers March 12, 2023

 

Odds

Time 5:00 p.m. EST
Hornets money line +270
Hornets spread +8 (-110)
Cavaliers money line -385
Cavaliers spread -8 (-110)
Over / under  

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Charlotte Hornets Cleveland Cavaliers
Record 22-46 42-27
Road / home record 11-20 14-20
Streak W2 W1
Points per game 111.00 117.00
Points allowed per game 117.00 117.00
Rebounds per game 44.00 46.00
Rebounds allowed per game 46.00 42.00
Over / under record 29-39 33-36
 

Preview

On March 12, 2023, the Cleveland Cavaliers will kick off a two-game series against the Charlotte Hornets. The Cavaliers are coming off a three-game winning streak, but suffered a 119-115 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday, failing to cover the spread as 3-point underdogs. Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets will begin their five-game homestand, starting with their game against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. In this article, we will provide an in-depth analysis of both teams, their strengths and weaknesses, and make a final prediction. If you're looking for expert advice on tonight's game, be sure to check out our NBA Experts picks with spread on Kingpin.pro.

 

Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have had a difficult season, currently sitting 14th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-46. However, they have been playing some of their best basketball of the season recently, going 7-3 over their last 10 games.

Terry Rozier has been the Hornets' best player this season, averaging 21.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. He has been the team's primary scoring option, capable of hitting shots from all areas of the court. Gordon Hayward has also been a key contributor, averaging 17.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 51.5% over the past 10 games for Charlotte.

Defensively, the Hornets have been solid this season, holding opponents to just 110.2 points per game over their last 10 games. They have also averaged 7.0 steals and 5.4 blocks per game over that span, demonstrating their ability to disrupt opposing offenses.

However, the Hornets have struggled with turnovers this season, averaging 13.3 turnovers per game. They will need to take better care of the ball if they hope to come away with a win against the Cavaliers.

In terms of injuries, the Hornets are currently without LaMelo Ball for the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury. Cody Martin is also out with a knee injury, which will limit the Hornets' depth in this matchup.

While the Hornets have been playing well recently, they will face a tough challenge against the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have a talented roster and have been playing well defensively, which could make it difficult for the Hornets to score. The Hornets' turnovers could also be a problem, as the Cavaliers are a team that can take advantage of mistakes and turn them into points.

Overall, while the Charlotte Hornets have been playing better basketball recently, they will have their work cut out for them against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Led by Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward, they have the offensive firepower to compete with most teams in the league, but their turnovers could be their downfall in this matchup.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

In early February, they went on a scintillating run of seven consecutive wins, bringing their overall record to 38-22. However, they struggled in the games that followed, losing four out of their next five. Their only win came in their final game of the month against the Toronto Raptors.

But the Cavaliers were not deterred by their rough patch. They bounced back with a three-game winning streak, defeating the Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat. Unfortunately, their winning streak came to an end when they faced Miami in the second game of a back-to-back, falling to the Heat by four points on Friday.

Now, the Cavaliers are headed to Charlotte for another two-game road trip against one team. They will be doing this again later this month when they play two games in Brooklyn. Currently sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are 3.5 games behind the Philadelphia 76ers in third place and 2.5 games ahead of the New York Knicks in fourth place.

Despite their recent loss to the Heat, the Cavaliers have some standout performers in their team. Donovan Mitchell, in particular, has been on fire. He led all scorers with 42 points against Miami after scoring 40 points against the Celtics on Monday. He also scored 44 points against the Celtics on March 1. His recent form has been nothing short of impressive.

Cleveland's defense has also been a significant factor in their success this season. Currently ranked No. 25 in the NBA in scoring, their defense has been key to many of their wins. They will be facing a Charlotte defense that is ranked just one place below them at No. 24, so it could be a close game.

However, the Cavaliers could be facing some injury concerns. Center Jarrett Allen, who has been an important player for the team this season, is questionable for this game due to an eye injury. Point guard Darius Garland is also questionable due to a quad injury. It remains to be seen whether these two players will be fit to play.

In conclusion, the Cavaliers have had an up-and-down season so far. They started strong with their seven-game winning streak but struggled in the games that followed. However, they have bounced back with some impressive wins and are currently sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Their defense has been key to their success this season, and they will need to rely on it once again if they want to defeat the Hornets in Charlotte. The injury concerns around Allen and Garland will be something to keep an eye on, as they could be significant losses for the team if they are unable to play.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Cleveland are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.

Cleveland are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games against Charlotte.

Cleveland are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games against Charlotte.

The total has gone OVER in 11 of Cleveland's last 14 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing on the road against Charlotte.

Charlotte are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Charlotte's last 9 games.

Charlotte are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 6 games against Cleveland.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 5 games at home.

 

Prediction

Although the Hornets have had a difficult season, they have been playing some of their best basketball recently, winning two games in a row and going 7-3 over their last ten games. Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward have been key contributors to the Hornets' offense, capable of hitting shots from all areas of the court.

Defensively, the Hornets have been solid over their last ten games, holding opponents to just 110.2 points per game. They have also been able to disrupt opposing offenses with an average of 7.0 steals and 5.4 blocks per game.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have had an up-and-down season, struggling after their seven-game winning streak in early February. While Donovan Mitchell has been on fire recently, the Cavaliers have some injury concerns with Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland.

With the Cavaliers potentially missing some key players, the Hornets may be able to take advantage of the situation and keep the game close. The Hornets' solid defense and recent offensive improvement should help them to cover the +8 points spread.

Overall, while the Cavaliers may still win the game, the Hornets have the potential to cover the +8 points spread. Their recent form and solid defense could make it difficult for the Cavaliers to pull away, and their offensive firepower could help them to keep the game close.

 

PICK: Hornets +8 (-110)

 

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