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Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 11/15/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (7-7) at Charlotte Hornets (5-7)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

The Line: Charlotte Hornets -1 -- Over/Under: 218 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN, FSOH

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look for a third straight victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 109.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 112.5 points on 47.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 28.1 points and 8.8 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.6 points and 10.4 rebounds. Derrick Rose is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Korver is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 39.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have split their last six road games. Derrick Rose is questionable with an ankle injury. 

Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 11/15/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte Hornets need a bounce back victory here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 103.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 21.7 points and 6.6 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 16.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. Dwight Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Kaminsky III is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.9 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won four of their last five home games. Treveon Graham is out and Michael Carter-Williams is questionable. 

The Cavaliers are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 road games, 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte, 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

Nobody has faded the Cavs more than me, as Cleveland has serious roster issues that lead to poor defense and inconsistent offense. The so called favorites to win the East shouldn't need an aging LeBron this early in the season to play 35 minutes and drop 40 to beat a non-playoff team. With that said, we're getting the Cavs in damn near a pick em against the subpar Hornets. The Hornets are being outscored by five points in their last five games and aren't nearly as good defensively as they've been in years past. If we were getting points with the Hornets, I'd fade the Cavs again, but we're not. So, I'll side with Cleveland based on the line.

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