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Hornets vs. Cavaliers - 1/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (18-14) at Charlotte Hornets (10-23)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)

The Line: Charlotte Hornets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets play Friday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to get back on track after losing four of their last five games. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 101.5 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 20.8 points and 5.3 assists while Dion Waiters is averaging 10.3 points and 2.2 assists. Tristan Thompson is grabbing 7.8 rebounds and Shawn Marion is shooting 45 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to stink it up defensively, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 47.2 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from deep in their last five games. The Cavs have lost six of their last seven when allowing 100-plus points. LeBron James is out and Kevin Love is questionable with an injury.

Hornets vs. Cavaliers - 1/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte Hornets are also in a slump as they’ve lost four straight games. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 95.3 points on 42.7 percent shooting and are allowing 100.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Al Jefferson is averaging 18 points and 8.2 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 assists. Gary Neal is shooting 37.9 percent from the field and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets issue all season has been their offense, as they’re shooting just 37.8 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from deep in their last five games. The Hornets have lost six straight games when scoring less than 100 points. Jannero Pargo is questionable with a back injury.

The Cavaliers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hornets are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Central and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cavaliers are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings. 

No LeBron and a banged up Kevin Love? No problem. I have no choice but to take the Hornets and the free point here with Cleveland being a complete mess.

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