Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction: Injury Report, Starting 5s, Betting Odds & Spreads – November 18


The Cleveland Cavaliers play host to the Charlotte Hornets at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Friday (November 18) in NBA Regular Season action.

The preview, betting odds and predictions are given below:

The Cavaliers have statistically been one of the most all-round teams in the NBA but are in a terrible slump of results at the moment. They have lost all of their last five games, the latest of which they lost 113-98 against the Bucks. The Cavs are one of the most efficient three-point scoring teams this season, making 40% of their attempted threes. They are also one of the best teams on the glass, ranking second in offensive rebounds, third in defensive rebounds, and second in overall rebounds.

This season, Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland have been absolutely magnificent for the Cavs. Mitchell leads the side in scoring with a whopping 31 points a night, ever since arriving in the blockbuster trade from Utah. Garland has led the team in playmaking, registering a team-high 8 assists a game. He had a sublime outing in their 124-129 defeat against Minnesota where he registered 51 points.

The Hornets have been quite poor this season, only going 4-12 at the time of writing. They have missed their star man LaMelo Ball who is once again out for an indefinite period. They come into this game on the back of a 113-125 loss against the in-form Pacers. They have been taking a large number of shots from the floor this season, ranking fifth in FGA in the NBA, but their defensive numbers are way below the mark. They rank in the bottom six of all rebounding metrics. The more concerning part is that they are facing a Cavs side that is probably one of the best sides when it comes to rebounding.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Match Details

fixtures: Charlotte Hornets @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Date & Time: Friday, November 18, 7:30 pm EST

Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio

Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Injury Report

TEAM

PLAYER

INJURY

STATUS

Charlotte Hornets

LaMelo Ball

Ankle

Out

Charlotte Hornets

Dennis Smith Jr.

Ankle

Questionable (GTD)

Charlotte Hornets

Gordon Hayward

Shoulder

Questionable (GTD)

Cleveland Cavaliers

Jarrett Allen

Illness

Questionable (GTD)

The Hornets are in a terrible spot. Four of arguably their best starting five are out with injuries for this game while they are facing a terrible run of results that sees them placed near the very bottom of the East.

It’s a big blow for the Cavs as well if Allen is deemed unfit to play, considering he is one of their most consistent and solid players in defense.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Odds & Spreads

TEAMS

SPREAD

TOTAL

MONEYLINE

Charlotte Hornets

+9.5 (-107)

Over 221 (-110)

+345

Cleveland Cavaliers

-9.5 (-110)

Under 221 (-110)

-450

Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Starting 5s

Charlotte Hornets: PG: Theo Maledon SG: Terry Rozier SF: Kelly Oubre Jr. PF: PJ Washington C: Mason Plumlee

Cleveland Cavaliers: PG: Darius Garland SG: Donovan Mitchell SF: Caris LeVert PF: Evan Mobley C: Jarrett Allen (GTD)

Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Prediction

The Cavaliers are massive favorites in this one. The Hornets are down to their bare bones when it comes to fielding a fit starting five, and are missing their star players significantly.

The Cavaliers are one of the best teams in the NBA on paper and have a backcourt that could rip any team to shreds. The Cavs should cruise to a win.

Cavaliers: -9.5 (-110)

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