Ball, Hornets to visit Garland, Cavaliers

March 1, 2022 GMT

Charlotte Hornets (30-33, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (36-25, fifth in the Eastern Conference)

Cleveland; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets take on Darius Garland and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Eastern Conference action Wednesday.

The Cavaliers are 21-14 against Eastern Conference opponents. Cleveland is the best team in the Eastern Conference in team defense, allowing 102.7 points while holding opponents to 44.3% shooting.

The Hornets are 20-20 in Eastern Conference play. Charlotte has a 5-8 record in games decided by less than 4 points.

The teams meet for the fourth time this season. The Cavaliers won 102-101 in the last matchup on Feb. 5. Jarrett Allen led the Cavaliers with 29 points, and Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 24 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Garland is averaging 20.3 points and eight assists for the Cavaliers. Allen is averaging 16.9 points and 11.6 rebounds over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

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Ball is averaging 19.9 points, seven rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.5 steals for the Hornets. Rozier is averaging 21.5 points over the last 10 games for Charlotte.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cavaliers: 5-5, averaging 105.5 points, 43.5 rebounds, 23.4 assists, 7.0 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.2 points per game.

Hornets: 2-8, averaging 113.9 points, 49.4 rebounds, 28.0 assists, 8.1 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 44.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.2 points.

INJURIES: Cavaliers: Collin Sexton: out for season (knee), Rajon Rondo: out (toe), Darius Garland: out (back), Caris LeVert: out (foot).

Hornets: Nick Richards: out (foot), Jalen McDaniels: out (ankle), James Bouknight: out (neck), Gordon Hayward: out (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.