Free NBA Predictions - Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds & Free Picks

NBA player Nicolas Batum

Sunday, November 13, 2016 1:30 PM GMT

Before losing by two points to the Raptors the Hornets were on a four-game winning streak.They have been playing extremely well and today they take on the Cavaliers. Have NBA odds makers made Charlotte too big of an underdog?

Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte comes in averaging 105.9 points per game while allowing 98.8 points per game which ranks them 11th and seventh in the league respectively. Like a couple of  teams, Charlotte might be a sleeper in the Eastern conference and last season, although they only won just one out of the four times they faced Cleveland, last season they were competitive in every contest. Charlotte has been consistent across the board in their shooting percentages but what I like about them offensively is that they are moving the ball averaging 24.2 assists per game which rank seventh in the NBA. As well, they rank first in the NBA in assist to turnover ratio. Defensively they have been solid allowing opponents to shoot just 31.1% from distance and 48% from the floor which ranks them third and fourth in the NBA respectively. Their defense will have to definitely step up today especially beyond the arc where Cleveland likes to do their damage.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland comes in 7-1 on the year and ranks second in the NBA averaging 110.6 points per game. With only one loss on the season to the Atlanta, Hawks Cleveland has looked once again like the front runner in the East. However, I believe this is too many points for them to lay even at home to a very good Charlotte team that probably believes they can come in and win this game. Currently, the Cavaliers are pushing a ton of tempo averaging 88 attempts per game which rank third in the league. As mentioned though where they like to do their damage is from beyond the arc and currently, they lead the NBA in both three-pointers attempted and made per game. The issue for them has been on the other side of the ball where statistically they rank in the middle of the league in most categories.  They stepped things up the other night versus Washington but I think Charlotte will present a different type of challenge because they are balanced on both sides of the court. Cleveland should win but expect Charlotte to stay competitive enough to stay within the number.

 

Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers  

Oddsmakers have come out making Charlotte a +8 underdog across the board. This is too many points to give a well coached and talented team so for my NBA pick I will look for them to give Cleveland all they want tonight. Back the Hornets.

 

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