Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 4/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+1)
Spectrum Center is the site where and the Charlotte Hornets (28-29) will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-37) on Friday. Charlotte opens this contest as 1-point favorites. The total opens at 209.
The Cleveland Cavaliers took the court against the Chicago Bulls and took home the win by a score of 121-105 in their last game. Cleveland finished the game with a 51.1% field goal percentage (45 out of 88) and made 16 of their 36 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Cavaliers buried 15 of 19 shots for a rate of 78.9%. When it comes to pulling down boards, they compiled 41 with 9 of them being offensive. They also recorded 27 assists for this game in addition to creating 19 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In the matter of defending, Cleveland allowed their opponent to shoot 49.4% from the field on 39 out of 79 shooting. Chicago doled out 27 dimes and had 6 steals in the matchup. Additionally, Chicago pulled down 41 rebounds (7 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 1 block. Chicago finished 77.8% from the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of their 18 shots. They also converted 13 out of their 37 tries from three-point range.
Collin Sexton is a player who was a contributor for this contest. He ended up finishing with 30 points on 11 out of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 31:21 minutes played and also totaled 3 rebounds. Sexton finished shooting 64.7% from the field and totaled 7 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Cavaliers was Darius Garland. He pulled down 2 rebounds in 29:27 min on the hardwood. He went 61.5% from the floor for this contest by shooting 8-of-13 (25 points). Overall, Garland accounted for 4 assists.
Cleveland will enter this contest with a mark of 21-37 so far this season. They are turning it over 15.3 times per game and as a unit they are committing 18.6 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Cleveland is pulling in 42.6 boards per game and is sitting with 1,382 assists this season, which ranks 22nd in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Cavaliers are connecting on 34.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (565 of 1,664) and 74.2% from the free throw line. They have an average of 104.1 pts per game (30th in basketball) while going 45.3% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Cavaliers are able to force 15.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.1 personal fouls. They give up 38.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 11th in the league in PPG allowed (110.9). The Cavaliers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 48.0% (888 of 1,164) and they relinquish 43.7 rebounds per contest as a group. They are ranked 15th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,439 conceded this year.
The last time they took the court, the Charlotte Hornets took a loss by a score of 109-97 when they played the New York Knicks. The Hornets were able to collect 28 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 39 in the game. They gave up possession 12 times, while earning 6 steals in this matchup. The Knicks earned 13 fouls for this game which took the Hornets to the free throw line for 8 attempts. They were able to bury 3 of those for a percentage of 37.5%. When talking about shots from downtown, Charlotte converted 16 out of 39 tries (41.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Hornets ended up going 39 out of 86 from the floor which had them shooting 45.3%. The Hornets allowed the Knicks to bury 40 of 83 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 48.2% for this game. They finished 40.0% from 3-point land by shooting 18 of 45 and ended up shooting 11 of 12 from the charity stripe (91.7%). In reference to rebounding, Charlotte permitted New York to grab 39 in all (11 on the offensive side).
Terry Rozier ended up having an impact for the Hornets in this contest. He knocked down 8 of 17 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 47.1%, and had 7 rebounds. Rozier had 21 points in his 38:56 minutes on the court and had 8 assists in this game. Someone else that was important for Charlotte was Miles Bridges. He finished with 3 dimes in 38:05 mins on the court, and he put in 6 out of 16 from the floor. Bridges wrapped this one up going 37.5% from the field and also contributing 15 points and 14 total rebounds.
Charlotte has a win-loss record of 28-29 on the campaign. Charlotte has tallied 6,270 pts on the season (110.0 per game) and they average 43.8 boards per contest. The Hornets are committing 18.0 fouls every game and they go 76.8% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Hornets are shooting 45.8% from the floor, which ranks them 21st in basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 26.7 times per contest (8th in the NBA) and they turn it over 15.4 times per game. The Hornets are ranked 14th in the NBA in PPG given up with 111.4. They are forcing 14.9 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the field (16th in the league). The Charlotte defense allows 36.9% on 3-point attempts (848 of 2,301) and their opposition makes 75.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 27.4 dimes and 44.6 boards per game, ranking them 30th and 19th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (+1)
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