Friday, March 24, 2017
Time Warner Cable Arena
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The Cleveland Cavaliers head to Time Warner Cable Arena to take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, March 24, 2017. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 3 point favorites.
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The Cavaliers come into this game with an overall record of 46-24. They are 1st in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 3.9 as they are averaging 110.5 points per game while giving up 106.6 per contest. The Hornets have an overall record of 32-39. They currently are 4th in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 104.8 points per game and surrendering 104.0, good for a point differential of 0.8.
Valuable Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 31-36-3 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 39-31-0 against the over/under
Important Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets are 31-37-3 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets are 34-37-0 against the over/under
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/16/16 F Chris Andersen ACL out for season
03/06/17 C Andrew Bogut Leg out for season
Key Charlotte Hornets Injuries
03/03/17 C Miles Plumlee Calf out indefinitely
02/06/17 PG Ramon Sessions Knee out indefinitely
Lebron James comes into this game averaging 26 points per contest while playing 37.5 minutes per night so far this year for the Cavaliers. He pulls down 8.3 rebounds per contest and dishes out 8.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 54% while his free throw percentage is currently at 68%. Kyrie Irving averages 25.6 points per game in 35 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.8 assists per contest and 3.3 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 48% for the year while his free throw percentage is 91%.
Kemba Walker averages 22.7 points per game while playing 34.5 minutes per contest this year for the Hornets. He grabs 4 rebounds per game and has 5.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 85%. Nicolas Batum averages 14.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.2 rebounds per contest and 6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
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Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 110.5 points per contest this season which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.84 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 2nd in the league. They average 43.7 rebounds per game and 22.4 assists per game which ranks them 14th and 15th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 18th with 13.6 per game. The Cavaliers allow 106.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 21st in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 15th and 21st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.2 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 24.5 assists per contest which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 12.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Charlotte averages 104.8 points per game this year which ranks them 15th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.83 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 27th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 44.4 rebounds per game and 23.3 assists per contest which ranks them 8th and 11th respectively. In the turnover department the Hornets rank 30th with 11.7 per game. The Hornets allow 104 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 9th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 7th and 15th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 44.7 rebounds a game which ranks 23rd and they give up 24.1 assists per contest which puts them in 27th place in the league. The Hornets force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers have an offensive rating of 114 and a defensive rating of 110. In terms of pace they average 96.3 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 55%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they shoot 3 pointers on 40% of their shots. Cleveland turns the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Hornets rating on offense is 108.3 and they have a defensive rating of 107.4. They get 96 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 33% of their shot attempts. Charlotte turns the ball over on 10.9 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 11.9 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Hornets NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Cleveland -3
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