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New Orleans Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Odds, Free Pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers will cap off a seven game home stand tonight as they host the New Orleans Hornets at the Quicken Loans Arena. This evening’s contest between the Cavs and Hornets is scheduled for an 8:00pm ET tip on ESPN. The latest NBA Odds are favoring Cleveland at -2.5 against the spread and -140 on the moneyline ($140 wins $100). Tonight’s game total is presently set at 196.5 points.

Cleveland opens its second half looking to close out its current home stand with a winning record, but they will need to snap a three game skid to do so.

The Cavaliers opened their current home set with impressive wins over the Thunder, Bobcats, and Magic, but the coasted into the All-Star break on a three game skid. The Nuggets, Timberwolves, and Spurs all topped the Cavs, dropping their record to an unenviable 16-37.

Fortunately for Cleveland, it catches a New Orleans team with a similar record as the Hornets fell to 19-35 last night with a 96-87 home loss to the Chicago Bulls.

New Orleans had won four of five prior to last night’s setback thanks to some improved defensive play (allowed just 87 points per game in those five outings). However, prior to that 4-1 run the Hornets had lost four straight road games after yielding 110.8 points per contest.

The Hornets have won three straight in this series, topping the Cavaliers by an average of nine points per game in those meetings; nonetheless, New Orleans finds itself in a difficult situation this evening. The team’s record over the past two seasons proves as much as the Hornets are 0-9 straight up and 3-6 against the spread playing as a road dog off a home loss in back to back games.

Free Pick: Take the Cavaliers -2.5.

New Orleans Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Odds:

New Orleans Hornets +2.5 (-110), Over 196.5 (-110), +120 (Moneyline)

Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5 (-110), Under 196.5 (-110), -140 (Moneyline)

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