Hornets vs. Cavaliers prediction, odds, line, spread: 2022 NBA picks, Feb. 4 best bets from model on 62-32 run - CBSSports.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers face an interesting road test on Friday evening. The Cavaliers, entering at 31-21 for the season, take on the Charlotte Hornets (28-24) who have lost the last two games. Darius Garland (back) and Lauri Markkanen (ankle) are out for Cleveland. Gordon Hayward (reconditioning) is listed as questionable for Charlotte, with Jalen McDaniels (ankle) ruled out.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Charlotte as a 5.5-point home favorite, and tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the Over-Under, is 216.5  in the latest Cavaliers vs. Hornets odds. Before you make any NBA predictions with the Cavaliers vs. Hornets match-up, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 16 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 62-32 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,500. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Hornets vs. Cavs, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Cavs vs. Hornets:

  • Cavaliers vs. Hornets spread: Hornets -5.5
  • Cavaliers vs. Hornets over-under: 216.5 points
  • Cavaliers vs. Hornets money line: Hornets -210, Cavaliers +175
  • CLE: The Cavaliers are 15-10-2 against the spread in road games
  • CHA: The Hornets are 15-7 against the spread in home games
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Why the Cavaliers can cover

The Cavaliers are tremendous on defense, landing in the top five in defensive efficiency, free throw prevention, field goal percentage allowed, three-point percentage allowed and assists allowed this season. However, Cleveland also has edges on offense, particularly in this matchup against Charlotte. The Cavaliers are shooting 46.7 percent from the field, No. 6 in the NBA, and Cleveland is in the top 10 in two-point accuracy, assist percentage, offensive rebound rate and points in the paint. 

Charlotte is No. 26 in the NBA in defensive efficiency, and the Hornets are dead-last in the league in assists allowed, three-pointers allowed and second-chance points allowed. Charlotte is also No. 27 in two-point accuracy allowed and No. 25 in fast-break points allowed this season.

Why the Hornets can cover

Charlotte has the healthier roster and the Hornets have several betting trends working in their favor. On top of being a solid team against the spread on the season (30-20-2 ATS), the Hornets are also 15-7 ATS at home and 27-14-2 ATS on regular rest. They've also fared well against quality competition, posting an 11-5 ATS mark against teams that have won more than 55 percent of their games. 

A potential return for Hayward would bring some nice scoring punch as he averages 17 points per game. But even if he can't go, Charlotte is balanced offensively with six players who average 9.9 points per game or more. Miles Bridges and LaMelo Ball are the co-leading scorers at 19.9 points per game. Both players are also active on the boards, each averaging 7.2 rebounds per game as well, trailing only center Mason Plumlee (7.6 rpg) in that category. 

How to make Cavaliers vs. Hornets picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total. The model also says one side of the spread hits 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Hornets vs. Cavs? And which side of the spread hits 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.  

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