Charlotte faces Cleveland on 4-game home slide
Mon, Mar 13, 2023
NBA News (AP)
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Cleveland Cavaliers (43-27, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (22-48, 14th in the Eastern Conference)
Charlotte, North Carolina; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Charlotte looks to break its four-game home skid with a win over Cleveland.
The Hornets are 13-32 in conference games. Charlotte ranks sixth in the NBA with 15.5 fast break points per game led by Terry Rozier averaging 3.4.
The Cavaliers are 27-14 in Eastern Conference play. Cleveland is 4-7 in one-possession games.
The teams square off for the third time this season. In the last matchup on March 12 the Cavaliers won 114-108 led by 28 points from Darius Garland, while Rozier scored 27 points for the Hornets.
TOP PERFORMERS: Rozier is shooting 41.5% and averaging 21.4 points for the Hornets. LaMelo Ball is averaging 1.6 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Charlotte.
Donovan Mitchell is averaging 27.6 points, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals for the Cavaliers. Garland is averaging 22 points, 6.5 assists and 1.7 steals over the past 10 games for Cleveland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Hornets: 5-5, averaging 107.3 points, 44.9 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 7.0 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 45.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.7 points per game.
Cavaliers: 5-5, averaging 113.6 points, 39.7 rebounds, 24.4 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.0 points.
INJURIES: Hornets: LaMelo Ball: out for season (ankle), Mark Williams: out (thumb), Cody Martin: out (knee), James Bouknight: out (ankle), Kelly Oubre Jr.: out (back).
Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen: out (eye).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.