The Charlotte Hornets (26-55) will travel to Ohio to face the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-30) in their final game of the regular season at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Sunday (April 9).
The Hornets are on a four-game losing streak and faced a defeat against the Houston Rockets (112-109) in their last outing. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk led the scoring charts for the Hornets and finished the game with 25 point, while Theo Maledon added another 22 points. But it all went in vain as Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. scored 26 points each to guide the Rockets to a 3-point win. The Hornet will now take on the Cavaliers, who are the No.4 seed in the East and are enjoying a three-game winning streak.
The Cavs are 7-3 overall in their last 10 games. Their latest win came against the Orlando Magic (118-94) as they won the doubleheader. Danny Green was the most influential player in the Cavs’ team, scoring 21 points coming off the bench. Cedi Osman added another 19 while Isaiah Mobley finished with 18 points on the night.
Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Match Details
Fixture: Charlotte Hornets @ Clevaland Cavaliers
Date & Time: Sunday, April 9, 01:00 p.m ET
Venue: Rocket Mortage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Injury Report
There are a lot of injuries surrounding the two teams at the moment. Kelly Oubre Jr. is out with a shoulder injury for the Hornets and Terry Rozier has a foot injury and is ruled out of tonight’s game. Gordon Hayward is ruled out due to a thumb injury while Dennis Smith Jr. is questionable with a toe injury. PJ Washington has been ruled out with a toe injury. Cody Martin is unavailable due to a knee injury and LaMelo Ball is out for the season with an ankle injury.
Caris LeVert is ruled out because of a knee injury for the Cavs and Jarrett Allen is questionable due to a groin problem. Donovan Mitchell has a hand injury and is out of tonight’s action while Dylan Windler is out with a foot injury. Darius Garland misses out because of a leg injury Isaac Okoro in unavailable because of a knee issue.
Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Injury List
|Kelly Oubre Jr.||Charlotte Hornets||Out||Shoulder|
|Terry Rozier||Charlotte Hornets||Out||Foot|
|Gordon Hayward||Charlotte Hornets||Out||Thumb|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||Charlotte Hornets||Questionable||Toe|
|PJ Washington||Charlotte Hornets||Out||Toe|
|Cody Martin||Charlotte Hornets||Out||Knee|
|LaMelo Ball||Charlotte Hornets||Out||Ankle|
|Caris Levert||Cleveland Cavaliers||Out||Knee|
|Jarrett Allen||Cleveland Cavaliers||Questionable||Groin|
|Donovan Mitchell||Cleveland Cavaliers||Out||Hand|
|Dylan Windler||Cleveland Cavaliers||Out||Foot|
|Darius Garland||Cleveland Cavaliers||Out||Leg|
|Isaac Okoro||Cleveland Cavaliers||Out||Knee|
Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Betting Odds
|Charlotte Hornets||+200||+6.5 (-115)||O 214 (-110)|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||-240||-6.5 (-105)||U 214 (-110)|
Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Starting 5s
Hornets: F Bryce McGowens, F JT Thor, C Mark Williams, G Theo Maledon, G Sviastoslav Mykhailiuk
Cavs: F Lamar Stevens, F Dean Wade, C Robin Lopez, G Cedi Osman, G Ricky Rubio
Charlotte vs Cleveland: Betting Prediction
The Cavs have 3-0 advantage over the Hornets coming into the final game of the season. They are the 4th seeded team from the East going to the playoffs whereas the Hornets have had a miserable season yet again. The Cavs are also the No.1 ranked team in defense, conceding 106.9 ppg, while the Hornets are 23rd in the league, conceding 117.5 ppg. Offensively, the Cavs are slightly better, averaging 112.5 ppg, 25th overall, and the Hornets are 27th, averaging 111.0 points per game. The Cavs certainly have the upper hand as they are hosting the game and their home record is an outstanding 31-9. On the other hand, the Hornets are 13-27 away from home.
Expect the Cavs to cover the spread at home.
Final Prediction: Cleveland -6.5 (-105)