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Cavaliers vs. Hornets: Preview, Predictions and Betting Picks

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Cavaliers vs Hornets 2021-22 NBA Season Preview, Predictions and Picks
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On Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4) are playing the Charlotte Hornets (5-2) at Spectrum Center. Thus far, the Cavs are 3-4 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA regular season, whereas the Hornets are 5-2 against the spread. BetUS odds are featured below.

Game Information

Start time: 7 p.m.

Location: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, North Carolina

TV channels: Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

Radio broadcast: WFNZ, WTAM/WMMS/WNZN

Live stream: AT&T TV (full refund is issued after canceling within 14 days), Amazon Prime Video (30-day free trial)

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets news

Referencing Land of Basketball statistics, based on 116 games played head-to-head all-time in the regular season, the Charlotte leads Cleveland 69 to 47. Leading into Monday night’s intraconference matchup, the Hornets are 2-1 in their previous three head-to-head meetings versus the Cavaliers. On Oct. 22, 2021, the last time these teams played one another, Charlotte won 123-112 on the road. However, in the past 10 meetings, the Hornets are 6-4 against the Cavaliers.

In the Hornets’ 125-113 home win on Sunday, head coach James Borrego earned his 100th career win with Charlotte. As stated below, he is the fifth head coach in franchise history to accumulate at least 100 career wins. On Aug. 9, 2021, Borrego agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the organization. He was first hired to coach the Hornets on May 10, 2018. To begin the 2021-22 NBA regular season, the team had their first 3-0 start in franchise history.

Injury Report

For the Cavs, small forward Isaac Okoro and point guard Kevin Pangos were downgraded to out for Monday night’s game. Okoro is still recovering from a lingering hamstring strain, while Pangos is out for undisclosed personal reasons.

On the other side, the Hornets have a clean bill of health. Aside from the Cavaliers’ inconsistencies, this explains why Charlotte is entering this matchup as a five-point favorite.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets betting lines

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets 2021-22 NBA Season Preview, Predictions and Picks

Over/Under: 221

Point spread: Hornets -5 (-110)

Best moneyline: Cavaliers +180, Hornets -220

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets preview

Moreover, on Saturday, in the Cavaliers’ 101-92 away loss versus the Suns, Cedi Osman led the team in scoring, ending his performance with 20 points in 30 minutes on the court. Lauri Markkanen, Darius Garland and Kevin Love each scored 11 points as well. Plus, Love had 12 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 20 minutes played. The Cavs were outscored 34 to 54 in the second and third quarters combined.

Upon further review of the box-score team statistics, the Cavaliers shot 36-for-91 (39.6%) from the field and 14-for-44 (31.8%) from three-point range. The season is still early, but fan expectations for Cleveland are low. Last season, through seven games, the Cavs were 4-3. Though, record-wise, there is not much of a difference between this team and last season’s Cavaliers. They are now 2-3 away.

Meanwhile, in the Hornets’ 114-99 loss against the Heat last Friday, forward Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 23 points in 37 minutes of action. Forward Miles Bridges accumulated 22 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 37 minutes spent on the court. They allowed 113 points against the Trail Blazers, too. While the Hornets are 5-2, if this is how they’re going to play defensively throughout the course of the season, their only hope is to outscore their opponents.

On top of the team losing the rebounding battle 60 to 37, the Hornets were also outscored 54 to 40 in the paint. Not to mention, Charlotte shot 35-for-90 (38.9%) from the floor and 13-for-37 (35.1%) from behind the arc. Hayward and Bridges cannot possibly carry this team to victories against above-.500 opponents. LaMelo Ball has to play better.  On Sunday, he had 27 points and 9.0 rebounds versus the Trail Blazers. Charlotte is now 3-1 away and 2-1 at home.

Next, the Cavaliers’ projected starting lineup is PG Darius Garland, SG Collin Sexton, SF Lauri Markkanen, PF Evan Mobley and C Jarrett Allen. For the Hornets, their projected starting lineup is PG LaMelo Ball, SG Terry Rozier, SF Gordon Hayward, PF Miles Bridges and C Mason Plumlee.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets prediction

Furthermore, the total for tonight’s Eastern Conference matchup is set at 221. According to the spread consensus, approximately 56% of bettors are expecting the Hornets to cover the spread. Pertaining to the total consensus, 53% of gamblers are predicting the total will go under 221. Up till now, the Hornets are 2-0 as selected favorites, 2-2 as underdogs and 1-1 ATS at home. The Cavaliers are 3-4 as underdogs and 3-2 ATS away this season.

For betting trends, the Cavs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games played. The total has gone under in five of Cleveland’s past five games as well. To add to these betting statistics, they are 4-16 straight up in their previous 20 games, and they are 2-11 SU in their last 13 road contests. Additionally, the total has gone under in five of the Cavs’ past six games played this season.

As for the Hornets, they are 5-2 ATS in their previous seven games. Also, the total has gone over in six of Charlotte’s last eight games. And, the total has gone under in eight of the team’s past 12 contests played versus the Cavaliers. Though, the total has gone over in four of the Hornets’ previous five games played at Spectrum Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets betting pick

Pick the Hornets to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 221. Charlotte is a five-point favorite with BetUS.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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