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Cavaliers vs. Hornets - 2/24/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (29-26) at Cleveland Cavaliers (40-15)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH

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

The Charlotte Hornets look to build on their solid five-game winning streak. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 102 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 100.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 20.7 points and five assists while Nicolas Batum is averaging 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.2 assists and Marvin Williams is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won four straight road games. Spencer Hawes is doubtful with a back injury.

Cavaliers vs. Hornets - 2/24/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 96.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 24.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while Kyrie Irving is averaging 18.8 points and 4.3 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.4 rebounds and J.R. Smith is dishing 1.5 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 11 of their last 15 home games. Mo Williams, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye are questionable.

The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cavaliers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hornets are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. 

I keep saying that I don't trust this Cavs team whatsoever, as they're not nearly as good as the media hypes them up. So inconsistent. However, Cleveland still has way more firepower than the Hornets and SHOULD be able to win this game by double digits. The best bet would be leaving this game alone, but if forced to pick, I'd side with Cleveland, even if I don't like this team in its current form.

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Cleveland Cavaliers -8.5

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