Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction & Match Preview – October 22nd, 2021 | NBA Season 2021-22
The Charlotte Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday night.
James Borrego’s team will try to build on their incredible comeback victory against the Indiana Pacers. Meanwhile, JB Bickerstaff’s men are still reeling from their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Charlotte Hornets will once again depend on the spectacular performance of LaMelo Ball and the constant presence of Gordon Hayward to extend their winning streak. Borrego can also count on new acquisitions Kelly Oubre Jr. and Ish Smith to maintain their winning momentum.
J.B. Bickerstaff, who was once the coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, knows the Cleveland Cavaliers will have to go through some growing pains. It was evident in their last game as they were competitive, but they never threatened to throw the carpet under Ja Morant and the Grizzlies.
Fixture: Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date and Time: Friday, October 22nd, 2021; 7:00 PM ET (Saturday, October 23rd, 4:30 AM IST)
Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH
Charlotte Hornets preview
The Charlotte Hornets hope to start their campaign after finishing strong last season. With a year under their belt and further development in their young core, the Buzz City team is rightly looking to end their long dry spell in the playoffs.
The superstar material and current Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball are not missing a beat. He is growing in influence and character as the genuine leader of this team.
In the win against the Indiana Pacers, Ball showed his magic in crucial moments and literally forced the Charlotte Hornets to a throbbing victory.
The Hornets, however, will need to take in the new additions quickly. While Kelly Oubre Jr., Ish Smith and Mason Plumlee were solid early in the season, they were also part of the reason the team struggled for victory.
It’s going to be another long routine for the Charlotte Hornets on their way back to playoff respectability.
Cleveland Cavaliers preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers know how long this season will last. The front and center of this campaign will be the development of its impressive young core that begins with Darius Garland and Collin Sexton.
Garland is poised for another big leap this year, starting with a double-double of 13 points and 12 assists against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Also evident in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season opener was Bickerstaff’s roster change. Jarrett Allen’s big three front line, Evan Mobley and new acquisition Lauri Markkanen had mixed results. It wasn’t exactly a disaster on defense, but they clearly struggled with the speed of the Grizzlies’ small-ball lineup.
Although Evan Mobley is the nominal center, he seems to operate more on the perimeter to maximize Jarrett Allen’s tire protection. As a great itinerant, he proved very promising with his silky smooth jerseys and his fluid inner forays.
It will be a big win this season if the Cleveland Cavaliers can tap into Mobley’s potential a little.
Hornets vs Cavaliers match prediction
The Charlotte Hornets are still buoyant after that brave back-to-the-wall win against the Indiana Pacers. They will be full of confidence heading into the match against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As the home team that will open the 2021-22 NBA season on their home court, the Cavaliers will be motivated to show their fan base the progress they have made this year. Young people are expected to play better in more familiar and comfortable environments.
However, the Hornets feel they are a more developed team. They are a franchise that has a mission to go beyond the inclusion of games from last year.
James Borrego’s team is likely to scratch another figure in the win column.
Where to watch the Hornets vs Cavaliers game
Bally Sports Charlotte and Bally Sports Ohio will broadcast the Charlotte Hornets-Cleveland Cavaliers game live locally. The NBA League Pass will also stream the game as it happens.
Live radio commentary can be heard via WTAM / WMMS / WNZN, WFNZ