Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New Orleans Hornets
Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers welcome the New Orleans Hornets to town on Wednesday night. The Cavs are -1 point favorites over the Hornets with an over/under point total set at 198.
Head to head, the Hornets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland while the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games, but just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 8-21 ATS in their last 29 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Hornets on the other hand are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games overall, but just 11-27 ATS in their last 38 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
While Kyrie Irving has been working his way up to superstar status this season, the All-Star weekend was clearly his breakout party. The 2011-12 rookie of the year was probably the single most impressive player in Houston over the weekend, finishing with 32 points in the Rising Stars Challenge, surprising everyone by taking out the 3-point contest and then scoring 15 points in his first All-Star game on Sunday night. “(The) weekend was just basically about earning everybody’s respect, and getting a chance for people to see me that don’t usually see me,” Irving said.
The New Orleans Hornets came into the break having won four of five, however, they dropped a 96-87 decision to the visiting Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. Not usually known for their offensive prowess, the Hornets had averaged 101 points while hitting 46% from behind the arc over a four-game stretch before making just 4-17 from long range against the Bulls.
Even though Eric Gordon is working back to 100% health, he is expected to miss tonight’s game and hasn’t played in the second of a back-to-back since returning from a knee injury in late December. Even so, New Orleans is still capable of beating the Cavaliers tonight as they were in the same situation not long ago when they fell to Toronto, only to come back the next night to defeat the Pistons by 19 in Detroit without Gordon. While the Cavaliers did lost three straight home games before the break, two of those losses came against Denver and San Antonio and in actual fact they had just won six of seven before that losing streak. New Orleans does scare me, but I have to go with Kyrie and the Cavaliers here.
Cleveland Cavaliers -1 New Orleans Hornets