Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets 11/18/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets 11/18/22
Fri 18th November 2022

The Cleveland Cavaliers (8-6, 4-1 Home), one of the NBA’s top scoring teams, host the Charlotte Hornets (4-12, 3-6 Away) on Friday.Charlotte was beaten by the Indiana Pacers 125-113 at Spectrum Center on Wednesday. LaMelo Ball had a standout performance in defeat with 26 points and six assists.

The Hornets are 14th in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland lost their fifth in a row on Wednesday at Fiserv Forum, falling to the Milwaukee Bucks 113-98. Darius Garland had 23 points and eight assists in the loss, carrying the team. The Cavaliers are 2.5 games back in the Eastern Conference, currently sitting in third. It’s the first meeting of the season between the teams.

Charlotte and Cleveland split their matchups last season, winning two games apiece. The Hornets came out on top in the last meeting 119-98 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on March 2. Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 27 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Garland had 33 points in the losing effort. The Hornets have been led this season by Kelly Oubre Jr., who is averaging 18.3 points per game, best in the league.

Meanwhile, Mason Plumlee is grabbing 8.9 rebounds per game, most in the NBA, and Dennis Smith Jr. is dishing 6.2 assists (1st).Donovan Mitchell’s 30.9 points per game have powered the Cavs on offense. He has the No. 1 scoring average in the league.

Mitchell also has doled out 5.8 assists per game, most in the league. Jarrett Allen has averaged 11.5 rebounds per game.The Cavaliers are one of the top scoring offenses in the NBA, ranking second with 114.7 points per game.The Cavaliers have had success in the last 10 matchups between the teams at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, winning six.

Charlotte is 1-9 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -10.5 (103.6-114.1). For the season, the Hornets are averaging 109.2 points per game, compared to 114.8 for opponents. Cleveland has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 115.3 points per game on average while holding opponents to 112.6 (+2.7 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
LaMelo Ball: 30.0 | 22.5 | +7.5
Points per game:
LaMelo Ball: 19.3 | 14.5 | +4.8
Rebounds per game:
Kelly Oubre Jr.: 8.2 | 5.3 | +2.9
Nick Richards: 3.6 | 5.8 | -2.2


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Dean Wade: 6.0 | 11.5 | -5.5
Rebounds per game:
Evan Mobley: 9.4 | 7.5 | +1.9

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Cleveland Cavaliers -9.5 (-110)

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