The Charlotte Hornets (17-54, 13th in the East) are currently on a five-game losing streak and are 10.5-point underdogs at Jazz Sports against the Cleveland Cavaliers (44-28, 3rd in the East). Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

BSSE will broadcast tonight’s Eastern Conference matchup between the Hornets and Cavaliers. The over/under line is set at 206.5.

Are Cleveland Ready for a Road Win?

The Cavaliers are 10.5-point favorites today against the Hornets. This season, Cleveland has been favored in 47 of their 72 games and has a 33-14 record in those games.

Against the spread, the Cavs are 35-35 for the season and have covered the spread in their last two games on the road. On the road, their ATS record is 17-16.

Cleveland’s O/U record for the season is 34-37-1, and the over has hit in their last two games. In their games this season, the average combined scoring total is 221.9 points.

In their most recent game, the Cavaliers defeated the Hornets by a score of 115-92. Cleveland easily covered the spread as 11.5-point favorites, and the O/U line for the game was 206 points.

Currently, the Cavaliers are 3rd in the Eastern Conference with a record of 44-28. In the Central Division, they are in 2nd place. Against the Eastern Conference, the Cavs are 29-19 and 15-9 against non-conference opponents.

Heading into the game, the Cavaliers are 20th in scoring at 112.7 points per game. However, they are 22nd in scoring on the road, averaging 111 points per contest.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Cavs are 7th in made threes per game at 13.6. They are also 9th in three-point attempts. Overall, Cleveland is 15th in three-point shooting percentage at 36%.

So far this season, the Cavaliers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 43.1% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 23rd in the league at 97 possessions per game.

Currently, the Cavaliers’ defense holds the 5th rank in the NBA, allowing 109.3 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Cavaliers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 52.1% and allowing 36.0% from beyond the arc.

  • Donovan Mitchell (Out) Nose
  • Ty Jerome (Out) Ankle
  • Dean Wade (Out) Knee
  • Max Strus (Questionable) Knee

Does Charlotte Have What it Takes at Home?

The Hornets have lost five straight games and are currently 13th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 17-54. In the Southeast Division, they are in 4th place.

Charlotte has been the underdog in all but five of their games this season and are 14-52 as the underdog. Today, they are 10.5-point underdogs vs. the Cavaliers.

Against the spread, the Hornets are 26-43 for the season and have failed to cover in their last five games. At home, their ATS record is 13-18, while going 13-25 on the road.

This season, Charlotte has an O/U record of 34-37, and the over has hit in their last three games. On average, their games have finished with 223 points.

In their most recent game, the Hornets lost to the Cavaliers by a score of 115-92. The O/U line for that game was 206 points.

At home, the Hornets are averaging 108.0 points per game this season, which is 29th in the NBA. Overall, they are 29th in the league with 106.2 points per game. In terms of pace, they are 24th in the NBA.

Charlotte has struggled to get to the free-throw line this season, ranking last in both free throws made and attempted per game. They are also 28th in field goal percentage.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Hornets are 26th in three-point percentage at 35%. In terms of offensive rebounds, they are 24th in the league.

For the season, Charlotte is sitting 21st in terms of points allowed per game (116.8). It is worth noting they have given up a fewer number of points in three straight games. The Charlotte defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.4% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.5% of their field goal attempts vs. Charlotte.

  • Seth Curry (Out) Ankle
  • Cody Martin (Out) Ankle
  • LaMelo Ball (Out) Ankle
  • Mark Williams (Out) Back

Cavaliers vs. Hornets Pick

For a pick on the point-spread in this Cavaliers vs. Hornets matchup, our bet is to grab the Hornets at +10.5. Even though our projections have the Cavaliers winning 112-104, we see the Hornets as the play on the point-spread.

Pick: Take the Hornets at +10.5

The Total

As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 206.5, and our model projects the Cavaliers and Hornets to reach a combined total of 216 points. Our bet is on taking the over.

Pick: Go Over 206.5 points (-110)