Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets Game Preview
The Cavs will pay a visit to the Hornets in Charlotte on Wednesday, marking the first time since opening night that the two will get together. Cleveland was able to overcome a 10-three performance from Terry Rozier to capture a win to open the 2020-21 campaign. It was an exhilarating second half as the Hornets made quite the push to make things tight.
Cleveland has lost a few in a row now, hoping to snap their funk in this game. They are expected to get both Larry Nance Jr. and Jarrett Allen back in the lineup, having missed each guy greatly over the last couple of weeks. Allen and his ability to dunk and protect the rim, and Nance to knock shots down while being a tremendous defensive asset and ball-mover. So much value was just sitting on the bench, hurt.
LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, and Malik Monk will all remain out for Charlotte on Wednesday, as PJ Washington and Terry Rozier both have a chance to play, but it's not guaranteed. This is a very talented, young roster that the Hornets have been able to put together. If the playoffs started today, they'd be in but would be forced to qualify through the play-in, as they sit as the current No. 7 seed.
Odds: The spread for Wednesday night's matchup is set at Charlotte -4.
Cavs Seeking Win No. 20
It has been a great year for the Cavs for player development. It has also been a horrible year for some of the younger players, who have dealt with injuries, and been unable to play through them. The coaching staff has been cautious whenever any sort of physical limitation has popped up. It is not worth risking it in order to get the metaphorical biscuit in a regular-season game.
Collin Sexton has continued to emerge as an elite scorer, while Darius Garland is facilitating at a tremendous rate. There is so much talent on the Cavs roster that when everybody is fully healthy, they won't even know who to sit out. That's when you know the front office did a good job.
They look for a second straight win over Charlotte.
Hornets Hope for Win
With Miami and Atlanta right there with them, every game for Charlotte is taking on more meaning. Hopefully, Rozier is able to come back because they missed his creating ability in the narrow loss against the Lakers less than 24 hours ago. The healthier a team is, the better they tend to play.
The lineups never remain the same because of how short-handed they have been. Not having Hayward and Ball, two-thirds of the offensive identity is gone, and the team just wishes they could be able to play. PJ Washington is also missing now, and boy, do they miss him. He can be a small-ball five while also serving as a solid stretch four in the starting lineup.
Hopefully, they get healthy soon. And Miles Bridges can throw down some monster dunks in the game.
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