Through 3 Quarters

The point spread is against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but thus far the points are on their side. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Charlotte Hornets 76-65 three quarters in.

Cleveland has been led by center Jarrett Allen, who so far has dropped a double-double on 24 points and 20 rebounds. The top scorers for Charlotte have been shooting guard Terry Rozier (17 points) and point guard LaMelo Ball (15 points). LaMelo Ball does need to be careful, however, as he is in foul trouble with four.

This is the least points the Hornets have had yet this year going into the fourth quarter.

Who's Playing

Cleveland @ Charlotte

Current Records: Cleveland 31-21; Charlotte 28-24

What to Know

The Cleveland Cavaliers will hit the road for the second straight game as they head to Spectrum Center at 7 p.m. ET Friday. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they'll have plenty of motivation to get the 'W.'

On Wednesday, Cleveland lost to the Houston Rockets on the road by a decisive 115-104 margin. Cleveland's defeat came about despite a quality game from power forward Evan Mobley, who dropped a double-double on 29 points and 12 rebounds. Mobley's performance made up for a slower contest against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. Mobley's points were the most he has had all season.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets were within striking distance but couldn't close the gap on Wednesday as they fell 113-107 to the Boston Celtics. Point guard LaMelo Ball put forth a good effort for the losing side as he had 38 points and nine assists along with six boards.

The Cavaliers are expected to lose this next one by 6. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 18-8 against the spread when expected to lose.

Cleveland is now 31-21 while the Hornets sit at 28-24. A couple stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Cleveland comes into the matchup boasting the fewest points allowed per game in the league at 102.5. But Charlotte ranks first in the league when it comes to points per game, with 114.3 on average. We'll see which of these strengths -- offense or defense -- will win out.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Spectrum Center -- Charlotte, North Carolina
  • TV: NBATV
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $13.65

Odds

The Hornets are a solid 6-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest NBA odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Hornets, as the game opened with the Hornets as a 4.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Cleveland have won 15 out of their last 22 games against Charlotte.

  • Nov 01, 2021 - Cleveland 113 vs. Charlotte 110
  • Oct 22, 2021 - Charlotte 123 vs. Cleveland 112
  • Apr 23, 2021 - Charlotte 108 vs. Cleveland 102
  • Apr 14, 2021 - Cleveland 103 vs. Charlotte 90
  • Dec 23, 2020 - Cleveland 121 vs. Charlotte 114
  • Jan 02, 2020 - Charlotte 109 vs. Cleveland 106
  • Dec 18, 2019 - Cleveland 100 vs. Charlotte 98
  • Apr 09, 2019 - Charlotte 124 vs. Cleveland 97
  • Dec 19, 2018 - Charlotte 110 vs. Cleveland 99
  • Nov 13, 2018 - Cleveland 113 vs. Charlotte 89
  • Nov 03, 2018 - Charlotte 126 vs. Cleveland 94
  • Mar 28, 2018 - Cleveland 118 vs. Charlotte 105
  • Nov 24, 2017 - Cleveland 100 vs. Charlotte 99
  • Nov 15, 2017 - Cleveland 115 vs. Charlotte 107
  • Mar 24, 2017 - Cleveland 112 vs. Charlotte 105
  • Dec 31, 2016 - Cleveland 121 vs. Charlotte 109
  • Dec 10, 2016 - Cleveland 116 vs. Charlotte 105
  • Nov 13, 2016 - Cleveland 100 vs. Charlotte 93
  • Apr 03, 2016 - Cleveland 112 vs. Charlotte 103
  • Feb 24, 2016 - Cleveland 114 vs. Charlotte 103
  • Feb 03, 2016 - Charlotte 106 vs. Cleveland 97
  • Nov 27, 2015 - Cleveland 95 vs. Charlotte 90

Injury Report for Charlotte

  • Jalen McDaniels: Out (Ankle)

Injury Report for Cleveland

  • Lauri Markkanen: Out (Ankle)
  • Darius Garland: Out (Back)
  • Ricky Rubio: Out for the Season (Knee)
  • Collin Sexton: Out for the Season (Knee)