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2023-24 Season | Game #73 | Cavs @ Hornets | March 27, 2024 | 7:00 p.m..

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Nothing about a losing streak that a game or two against the Charlotte Hornets can’t cure. Tonight the Cavs get a second consecutive game against the 17-54 Hornets, this time in Charlotte where the Hornets are 9-24.

On Monday the Cavs beat the Hornets by a comfortable 23 points with a combination of excellent defense (92 points allowed) and awesome ball movement (41 assists on 46 field goals). That formula should work again tonight if the Cavs can replicate it. But they’ll have to do it on the road this time.

LaMelo Ball, Mark Williams, Seth Curry, and Cody Martin are out for the Hornets. Ball has only played 22 games this year. Curry played just eight games for the Hornets after being acquired at the deadline before he got hurt almost four weeks ago. Williams and Martin are starters who combine for 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Wade and Mitchell are out for the Cavs but Max Strus is listed as a game time decision.

The Cavs did a great job on Miles Bridges on Monday, holding him to 5-for-14 from the field. Bridges averages 21.3 ppg. Rookie Brandon Miller led the Hornets with 24 points and 8 rebounds; nobody else scored more than 13 as the Hornets managed to shoot just 42.5%.

The Cavs had five players score between 14-17 points so the scoring was very balanced in addition to the season-high 41 assists. The Cavs shot 51.5% from the field which is exactly what JBB is looking for - a ton of assists leading to a high shooting percentage. The Cavs also hit their 3’s, shooting 41.5% from deep.

So it’s just a matter of whether the Cavs will be overconfident and have a letdown against this team after their convincing win on Monday. It looks like the personnel for both teams will be the same unless Strus can go. The Cavs might have Marcus Morris Sr for the entire game this time unless he decides to flatten one of the Hornets again.
 
so, will there be just one egregious cheap foul by the hornets or two of them if the game gets out of hand? And will they happen while Morris and Niang are on the bench or specifically about morris? I do wonder and am not hoping for them.
 
Win by 10+ or count it as a loss.
 
Anyone know of any sports books that are offering Niang points props? Going to the game and want to gamble the price of the tickets on Niang over which has been unbelievably good to me
 
This one looks easy to predict: Cavs to win with a 60% probability. So I'm nervous. But I think they'll remember how to play. And the Hornets do not have very good defense. 119-105 Cavs.
 
I know “must win” is a joke. But let’s say this is an important one not to lose.
 
2 back in the division with 10 to go, and only 1.5 games separating them from Orlando.

Absolutely cannot afford to drop this one... there aren't going to be very many more "gimmes" in the remaining schedule, especially with that brutal west coast trip starting on Easter.
 
You'd think this is an easy win, but gosh they've sucked most of the time thinking that. I guess we'll see.
 
You'd think this is an easy win, but gosh they've sucked most of the time thinking that. I guess we'll see.
Well it was a relatively easy win Monday night once the second half began, so...
 
Morris only played 8 minutes before being ejected on Monday. Hopefully he'll be more available tonight.

The Cavs dominated the boards 47-33 and assists 41-22 - they need to keep that up.

Other than center the Hornets are small with two 6'7" forwards and two 6'3" guards.
 

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