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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets - 12/15/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (6-17) at Cleveland Cavaliers (13-9)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds


The Cleveland Cavaliers kick off a five-game home stand with a matchup with the Charlotte Hornets tonight.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were really building momentum with eight straight wins but are suddenly staring down the barrel of a possible third straight loss after falling to the Pelicans by 119-114 on Friday. LeBron James returned after sitting out on Thursday to pour in a season-high 41 points on 17 of 24 shooting while Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving added 21 and 17 points respectively, but the Cavs still couldn't match the Pelicans who were allowed to pour in a season-high 64 points in the first half while shooting 55.7 percent for the game. What made it even worse was that the Pelicans lost their best player in Anthony Davis after just seven minutes but other than James' points, no other Cavs player could capitalize on the absence of a shot blocker. With the loss, Cleveland falls to 13-9 on the season and 6-5 on the road.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets - 12/15/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have struggled all season and are staring down the barrel of a third straight loss after getting thumped by the Nets 114-87 on Saturday. In a matchup against a Nets team struggling to find form, the Hornets were slow out of the gates and never really got into the race. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 15 points while Brian Roberts added 14, but the Hornets were completely blown off the court by the Nets who shot season highs of 58.3 percent from the field and 16 of 23 from the three-point line. Charlotte has now lost 12 of their last 14 to fall to 6-17 on the season and 5-8 at home.

In ATS trends, the Hornets are 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, while the Cavs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last six against a team below .400.

Head to head, the Hornets are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Cleveland.

I really want to take the Hornets against the Cavs in this one because of the hefty spread, but how can I possibly back a team that lost to the Nets with any confidence? For me, it's the Cavs at home all the way.

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