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Cavaliers vs. Hornets - 1/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (18-25) at Cleveland Cavaliers (23-20)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -9 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds

TV: TSOH, FSOH

The Charlotte Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Friday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Charlotte Hornets are back in the playoff conversation with wins in eight of their last nine games. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 95.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting and are allowing 97.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 19 points and 5.3 assists while Al Jefferson is averaging 17.6 points and eight rebounds. Gerald Henderson is dishing 2.3 assists and Gary Neal is shooting 36.2 percent from the field. The Charlotte Hornets are back to playing elite defense, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 37.8 percent from the field and 26.9 percent from deep in their last five games. The Hornets have won 11 of their last 14 games SU when holding their opponent under 100 points. The Hornets are just 7-12 on the road.

Cavaliers vs. Hornets - 1/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to keep the ball rolling as they’ve won four straight games. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 101 points on 45.3 percent shooting and are allowing 100.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26 points and 7.4 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 21 points and 5.3 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.4 rebounds and J.R. Smith is shooting 41.9 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers have topped 100 points in five straight games and are shooting 48.7 percent from the field during that stretch. The Cavs look like they’re starting to turn the corner but must continue to improve on the defensive side. The Cavaliers are allowing teams to shoot 36.9 percent from deep in their last five games.

The Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Cavaliers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hornets are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to find themselves and have played quality basketball for four straight games. Assuming the offense continues to show up, the Hornets don't have enough firepower to keep up in this game. Look for the Cavs to roll here by double digits. 

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Cleveland Cavaliers -9

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