Five fearless predictions for Wednesday’s Charlotte Hornets game against the Cleveland Cavaliers
1. Dwight Howard puts up big numbers
With Tristan Thompson hurt, the Cavs don’t have a logical big man to match up with a true center. Howard makes amends for a bad night in Boston.
2. If Nic Batum plays, it won’t be for very long
Batum hopes to make his return from a torn elbow ligament Wednesday. He’s worked hard at maintaining conditioning, but no way to duplicate game shape.
3. Best point guard on the floor is a forward
LeBron James always was the Cavs’ primary playmaker. His impact that way is all the more important with Isaiah Thomas out and Derrick Rose dealing with a sprained ankle.
4. Practice will make something closer to perfect
The Hornets were awful defensively for most of the four-game road trip. Three days of practice hopefully tightened that up.
5. Hornets 110, Cavs 105
Hornets finally look close to a complete roster in this one.
Cavs at Hornets
Where/when: Spectrum Center, 8 p.m.
TV/Radio: ESPN/WFNZ 610-AM