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Cleveland visits Charlotte, aims to stop road losing streak

February 3, 2022 GMT

Cleveland Cavaliers (31-21, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (28-24, seventh in the Eastern Conference)

Charlotte, North Carolina; Friday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland will try to end its three-game road losing streak when the Cavaliers face Charlotte.

The Hornets are 18-13 against Eastern Conference opponents. Charlotte is the top team in the Eastern Conference with 16.2 fast break points led by Terry Rozier averaging 3.0.

The Cavaliers are 17-11 in conference play. Cleveland is 15-13 against opponents over .500.

The teams square off for the third time this season. The Cavaliers won the last meeting 113-110 on Nov. 1, with Jarrett Allen scoring 24 points in the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: LaMelo Ball is averaging 19.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.5 steals for the Hornets. Miles Bridges is averaging 21.5 points over the last 10 games for Charlotte.

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Darius Garland averages 2.5 made 3-pointers per game for the Cavaliers, scoring 19.8 points while shooting 36.9% from beyond the arc. Evan Mobley is averaging 16.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks over the past 10 games for Cleveland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Hornets: 5-5, averaging 111.4 points, 45.9 rebounds, 26.4 assists, 7.5 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 44.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.9 points per game.

Cavaliers: 7-3, averaging 104.5 points, 43.3 rebounds, 25.7 assists, 6.8 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.4 points.

INJURIES: Hornets: Jalen McDaniels: out (ankle), Gordon Hayward: out (reconditioning).

Cavaliers: Collin Sexton: out for season (knee), Ricky Rubio: out for season (knee), Lauri Markkanen: out (ankle), Darius Garland: out (back).

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