Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets NBA Picks & Predictions 3/28/2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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The Cleveland Cavaliers head to Spectrum Center to take on the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 5 point favorites.
The Cavaliers come into this game with an overall record of 44-29. They are 1st in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.8 as they are averaging 111.1 points per game while giving up 110.3 per contest. The Hornets have an overall mark of 34-41. They currently are 3rd in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 107.8 points per contest and giving up 107.6, which is a point differential of 0.2.
Valuable Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 25-46-2 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 37-34-2 against the over/under
Important Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets are 32-39-4 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets are 38-35-2 against the over/under
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
03/27/18 F Jeff Green Illness is upgraded to probable Tuesday vs Miami
03/26/18 G Kyle Korver Personal is downgraded to OUT Tuesday vs Miami
Key Charlotte Hornets Injuries
03/26/18 F Cody Zeller Knee is "?" Wednesday vs Cleveland
03/09/18 G Michael Carter-Williams Shoulder is out for season
Jordan Clarkson comes into this game averaging 14.3 points per contest while playing 23.6 minutes per night so far this year. He grabs 2.8 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.9 assists per game. His FG percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is 80%. Lebron James averages 27.5 points per contest in 37.1 minutes per game this year. He averages 9.1 assists per game and 8.6 rebounds per contest for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 55% for the season while his free throw percentage is 73%.
Kemba Walker has scored 23.1 points per contest while playing 34.8 minutes per game this season for the Hornets. He hauls in 3.2 rebounds per contest and has 5.7 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is at 86%. Dwight Howard averages 16.7 points per game this year and he's on the court an average of 30.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 12.4 rebounds per game and 1.3 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 55% and his free throw percentage is 57%.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 111.1 points per contest this year, which is 5th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.78 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a unit, which has them ranked 4th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 7th in the NBA. They average 42.1 boards per contest and 23.6 assists per game, which ranks them 23rd and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 18th with 13.9 per game. The Cavaliers allow 110.3 points per contest which is 27th in the NBA. They also surrender a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 27th and 20th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 43.9 rebounds a game which ranks 20th, and they allow 25.8 assists per game which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 13.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 4th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Charlotte is 11th in the NBA with 107.8 points per contest this season. They are 24th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 0.19. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 11th in the league. They are 3rd in the NBA in rebounding with 45.5 boards per contest and 27th in assists per game with 21.3. The Hornets are 29th in turnovers per contest with 12.5. The Hornets give up 107.6 points per game, which ranks them 18th in the league. Their defense is surrendering a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 21st and 27th in those defensive statistics. They rank 25th with 24.5 dimes allowed per game and 18th with 43.8 boards surrendered per contest. The Hornets are 7th in the league in forcing turnovers with 13.9 per contest this year.
The Cavaliers are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 112.1, and their offensive rating of 112.9 is ranked 2nd. They are 12th in the NBA in pace with 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 3rd. As a unit they are 3rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 3rd in the NBA. Cleveland is 19th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 6th in the NBA.
Charlotte is 30th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 9th in the league. The Hornets are 14th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109, and their defensive rating of 108.8 is ranked 16th. In terms of pace they are 8th in the league with 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 27th. As a team they are 23rd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shots, ranking 23rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Hornets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Cleveland -5
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