Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets 4/9/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Hornets 4/9/23
Sun 9th April 2023

The Cleveland Cavaliers (51-30, 31-9 Home), one of the league’s top shooting teams, play host to the Charlotte Hornets (26-55, 13-27 Away) on Sunday.

Charlotte was edged out by the Houston Rockets 112-109 at Spectrum Center on Friday, their fourth consecutive loss. Svi Mykhailiuk was the scoring leader in the losing effort with 25 points.

Theo Maledon chipped in with 22 points, eight assists, and five steals. The Hornets are 14th in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland won their third in a row in dominant fashion on Thursday at Amway Center, beating the Orlando Magic 118-94. Danny Green had 21 points to lead the team.

The Cavaliers are fourth in the Eastern Conference. It’s the last meeting of the season between the teams. Cleveland will be seeking a season sweep against Charlotte after coming out on top in each of their three previous meetings, the most recent of which was a 120-104 victory at Spectrum Center on March 14, their third straight head-to-head victory.

Evan Mobley led the Cavaliers with 26 points, while Caris LeVert added 22 points and seven assists. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 28 points in the loss. The Hornets have been led this season by Terry Rozier, who is averaging 21.1 points per game.

Rozier also has dished 5.1 assists per game. Meanwhile, Nick Richards is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. Donovan Mitchell has supplied much of the Cavs’ offense, averaging 28.3 points per game.

He ranks as the seventh-highest scorer in the NBA. Darius Garland is doling out 7.8 assists per game, seventh-most in the NBA, and Jarrett Allen is averaging 9.9 rebounds per game.

The Cavaliers rank as one of the NBA’s most accurate teams from the field, fifth-best at 48.9%. The Cavaliers have had the advantage in the Hornets’ last 10 trips to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, winning six.

Charlotte is 4-6 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -10.8 (106.5-117.3). Cleveland has a 7-3 record over the last 10, scoring 114.9 points per game on average while holding opponents to 108.8 (+6.1 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Svi Mykhailiuk: 30.6 | 9.6 | +21.0
Points per game:
Svi Mykhailiuk: 20.4 | 6.6 | +13.8
Rebounds per game:
Mark Williams: 11.0 | 6.8 | +4.2
Assists per game:
Theo Maledon: 10.2 | 3.4 | +6.8


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Donovan Mitchell: 51.0 | 36.9 | +14.1
Points per game:
Donovan Mitchell: 42.3 | 28.3 | +14.0
Rebounds per game:
Jarrett Allen: 7.0 | 9.9 | -2.9

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Cleveland Cavs -6.5 (-110)

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