We have a six-game slate in the NBA on Sunday, March 12, including this conference encounter in Charlotte, and here you can check out the best Cavaliers vs. Hornets betting pick and odds.
Charlotte is playing the second game of a back-to-back set when they welcome Cleveland at Spectrum Center. The Cavaliers are -7.5 favorites on MyBookie Sportsbook, while the total is set at N/A points. These conference rivals will meet for the second time this season; the Cavaliers won 132-122 in overtime in Cleveland.
Cavaliers fell short of the Heat in Miami
The Cleveland Cavaliers (42-27, 36-30-3 ATS) were on a three-game winning streak but failed to get the fourth in a row as the Miami Heat got an edge and won 119-115. The Cavaliers did beat the Heat in the opening game of a back-to-back set and opened a four-game road trip with that victory. Now, Cleveland will play another back-to-back set, but this time around, against the Hornets in Charlotte. The Cavs dropped a 14-point lead in the third quarter and allowed 69 points in the second half in Miami. The visitors did make 18 triples opposite the Heat’s 14, but Miami was better in rebounds (46-34).
Donovan Mitchell led the Cavaliers with a game-high 42 points (15-30 FG, 8-15 3PT, 4-6 FT) and four assists. Caris LeVert added 16 points and four dishes, Isaac Okoro had 16 points with two steals, while Evan Mobley finished with 12 points and four rebounds.
PG Darius Garland (quad) and C Jarrett Allen (eye) are questionable to face Charlotte on Sunday.
Hornets got a pair of road wins
The Charlotte Hornets (22-46, 30-35-3 ATS) opened their three-game road trip with a loss to the Brooklyn Nets, but bounced back and defeated the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons. The Hornets played excellent defense in those two wins and didn’t allow more than 105 points. Charlotte was solid from the field (50.0%) in a 113-103 victory against the Pistons and forced 19 turnovers while committing 13 in return.
Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Hornets with a game-high 27 points and four rebounds. Terry Rozier amassed 21 points, game-high nine assists, six boards, and two blocks, P.J. Washington had 20 points, five rebounds, and game-high three rejections, Dennis Smith Jr. scored 14 points with a game-high three thefts, while Nick Richards posted a double-double of 13 points and team-high ten boards along with two blocks.
PG LaMelo Ball (ankle) is done for the season, SF Cody Martin (knee) is out indefinitely, and C Mark Williams (thumb) is questionable to feature on Sunday against the Cavaliers.
- 7-2 ATS in the last nine games vs. a team with a losing straight-up record
- 15-4-2 ATS in the last 21 Sunday games
- 1-3-1 ATS in the last five games playing without rest
- 0-6 ATS in the last six games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets Pick
The Hornets will be playing the second game of a back-to-back set after hosting the Utah Jazz on Saturday. Charlotte is already shorthanded and will surely feel tired on Sunday, which is one of the reasons I am giving an advantage to the visitors. Of course, the main reason is the fact that the Cavaliers are a way better team. While both teams are pretty tied when it comes to offense and points per game, Cleveland has a much stronger defense. The Cavs’ best D in the NBA allows 106.6 points per contest opposite Charlotte’s 117.5 ppg.
Pick: Take the Cavaliers at -7.5 (-130)
I mentioned Charlotte’s improved defense; the Hornets have been impressive lately as they managed to keep the opponents below 107 points in seven of the previous eight games. Given the Cavs have the strongest D in the league, I can only expect a low-scoring tilt here. Under is 6-1 in the last seven H2H meetings in Charlotte; Under is 17-4 in the Hornets’ previous 21 overall, Under is 35-15-1 in Charlotte’s last 51 home games, while Under is 6-1 in the Cavaliers’ previous seven Sunday games.
Pick: Go Under N/A points