Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Basketball Picks January 23, 2015

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets are making loud noises in the Eastern Conference with each team currently riding a mild win streak. Both streaks is going to be on the line this coming Friday when the Hornets pay the Quicken Loans Arena a visit looking for their first NBA Basketball Picks win against Cleveland this season.

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Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

When: Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:30 PM ET

Line: Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers — view all NBA lines

What the Hornets lack in scoring, they make-up making use of their stingy defense that has been grinding down their opponents of late. It had been evident yet again when Charlotte dealt the Miami Heat a 78-76 setback on Wednesday. The Hornets are now actually 8-1 over their last nine games.

During that nine-game stretch, Charlotte opponents have only managed to score only 86.8 PPG, that is the lowest in the league. So reliable was the Hornets’defense they managed to beat Miami despite failing to buy a basket in the last seven minutes of the ball game. Their defense is going to be tested anew against a new-look Cleveland team that has a raft of scorers.

Charlotte is particularly great defensively in the paint, where it surrenders just 38.7 PPG there. Cleveland hasn’t scored over 34 points in the shaded area in two meetings with the Hornets this season.

The offense, meanwhile, must be looked after by the duo of Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson. They’re the Hornets’top scorers with 19.0 PPG and 17.6 PPG respectively. Walker scored 24 points in the first ending up in Cleveland—a 97-88 loss on December 15—but went cold next one as he put up just 10 points on a salty 4-for-10 shooting in Charlotte’s 91-87 loss on January 2.

Charlotte is 26th in the league in scoring with only 95.3 PPG.

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The Cavs have appeared to put their chemistry problems behind and are beginning to look like championship contenders again. Inside their latest display of these peaking form, the Cavs decimated the Utah Jazz, 106-92, on Wednesday to notch the team’s fourth-straight victory.

Cleveland’s newfound momentum obviously has a great deal to do with the return of LeBron James. Since getting back from sickbay, James has put up 30.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, and 6.0 APG through that four-game stretch. The team’s ongoing success, however, may also be largely related to its new acquisitions in Timofey Mozgov and J.R. Smith.

Mozgov has consistently supplied solid rebounding and rim protection the team has been lacking just before his arrival in Cleveland. In the five games he’s played to date in a Cavs uniform, the former Nugget has averaged 9.0 RPG and 1.0 BPG to go with his 9.0 PPG. His presence inside is really a major boost for the Cavs’frontcourt that already has Kevin Love. Mozgov and Love combined for 35 points and 24 rebounds in the overall game contrary to the Utah Jazz.

Both players would have been a big aspect in slowing the Al Jefferson-led frontline of the Hornets. The Cavaliers lost the rebounding battle (50-46) the last time they faced the Hornets. Smith, meanwhile, has been repaying coach David Blatt’s decision to insert him in the starting unit with a great clip of 17.2 PPG over the Cavs’past five games.

James wasn’t around the last time they faced the Hornets but he was on the ground when Cleveland edged past Charlotte back in December. Because game, he scored 27 points and dished out 13 assists. NBA Basketball Picks Bet on Cleveland To Win and Cover The Spread.

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