Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets March 2 NBA Betting Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets March 2 NBA Betting Preview

Ryan Knuppel
2 years ago
3 min read
Jarrett Allen (31) and Mason Plumlee tip off the Cavaliers/Hornets matchup on February 4.

Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets feature several bright young stars, as both teams are looking to establish themselves as fixtures in the Eastern Conference Playoffs for years to come.

The Cavs have been led by first-time All-Stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen all season long but have also gotten major contributions from potential Rookie of the Year Evan Mobley and their mix of veterans and young players.

The Hornets have been led by the play of LaMelo Ball. Miles Bridges is also enjoying a breakout season.

Betting Odds & Lines

The spread for Wednesday night is set at CLE -4. The over/under is sitting at 219.5 points. 

Cavs Coming Off Loss

The Cavs are coming off a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, as they had trouble executing the big plays down the stretch after tying it up at 122 with just under 34 seconds left to go in the game, erasing a deficit as high as 23 in the process.

Kevin Love had a big game against his former team, as he put up 26 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Brandon Goodwin stepped up in the absence of Darius Garland, as he had 17 points and 12 assists. 

Jarrett Allen had yet another extremely efficient game, scoring 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting to go along with eight rebounds.

Cavs Players to Look Out For

Darius Garland is questionable heading into this game, as he is currently dealing with a back injury that is said to be something he’ll have to deal with for the rest of the season.

With Caris LeVert and Rajon Rondo out, Brandon Goodwin has had to take on a bigger role, and to his credit, he’s delivered.

Evan Mobley will also continue to be a threat for the Cavs with his ability to score in the mid-range and close to the basket. 

Lauri Markkanen should also continue to give the Cavs a nice scoring punch, particularly from three.

Watch Out for LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball is establishing himself as one of the best young players in the league with his ability to shoot, score near the basket, and be a playmaker for others.

His numbers reflect that, as he’s averaging 19.9 points, 7.4 assists, and 7.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Still just 20 years old, the Hornets found their face of the franchise for the future, and with their mix of young talent combined with Ball’s maturity and willingness to make his teammates better, the Hornets’ future is sitting in very good shape.

Cavs Win

The Cavs played the Timberwolves as well as they could down the stretch in their last game, but Karl-Anthony Towns hit a timely dagger from three, which ultimately took the wind out of the Cavs’ sails.

But with Darius Garland potentially coming back for this one, the Cavs stand a chance to bounce back and win this game, or even if he’s not back, they can rely on others stepping up with Brandon Goodwin continuously filling in at the point guard position.

Expect the Cavs to win and cover in this one.

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