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Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Cavaliers (8-23) at Charlotte Hornets (14-15)
Date & Time Wednesday December 19, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -12.5 -- Over/Under: 218.5
TV Channel
FSCR, FSOH
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look for another victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 103.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 111.8 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 16.7 points and 2.2 assists while Collin Sexton is averaging 15.3 points and 2.5 assists. Rodney Hood is the third double-digit scorer and Matthew Dellavedova is dishing 4.8 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have split their last six road games.

The Charlotte Hornets look for a nice home victory to get back to a .500 record. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 113.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 111.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 24.9 points and 6.3 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15 points and 5.6 rebounds. Malik Monk is the third double-digit scorer and Tony Parker is dishing 4.2 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have split their last eight home games.

The Cavaliers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hornets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte and 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Hornets last 6 overall. The over is 5-2 in Cavaliers last 7 overall.

I'm not trying to bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers as much as the next guy, but I'm certainly not laying double-digit chalk with a team as inconsistent as the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets are shooting just 43.6 percent from the field in their last five games and are only outscoring teams by 4.4 points at home this season. The Hornets are also just 4-4 ATS this season when favored by at least six points. I'll plus my nose and back the Cavs and the boatload of points.

Pick:
Cleveland Cavaliers +12.5

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