When: 7:00 pm EST
Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse; Cleveland, OH
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Tonight’s game features two teams trending in opposite directions since their last meeting. The Cavaliers win over the Hornets marked the start of a 4-2 record over a six game stretch. The Hornets have lost all six of their games in that same span of time.
There are a couple reasons for the Cavaliers’ recent success. One was very apparent in the last game against the Hornets—offensive rebounds. They’ve reeled in exactly a third of their misses in the last six games, which is an insanely high number. Tristan Thomspon is doing the bulk of that work, as he has his entire career, but everyone else all the way down to the guards is chipping in as well.
The Cavs’ young guards have played more efficient basketball as well. The team has a whole hasn’t been playing great offensive basketball, but it’s better than there they were. Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, and Kevin Porter Jr. are all averaging double figures over their last six games and all are converting on at least 45% of their field goal attempts, even though all of them have struggled from deep.
But perhaps most importantly, Kevin Love has been playing like Kevin Love. He’s averaging 19.4 points, 10.6 boards, and 3.8 assists per game in that six game span with 49/42/78% shooting percentages. He and veteran guard Matthew Dellavedova are the only two Cavs to post a positive plus-minus during the run.
The Hornets are not faring as well. Terry Rozier has gradually cooled off after erupting for a career high 35 in his last meeting with the Cavaliers. Devonte’ Graham is embroiled in a massive shooting slump that predates the Hornets losing streak. The Hornets need both of them to get right if they’re going to snap their six game losing streak against a Cavs team that has been feasting on bad teams in recent weeks.