New Orleans Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Tip-off: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Kyrie Irving has impressed many of his YouWager fans lately and on the other hand Anthony Davis is still trying to find some consistency following an up-and-down first half.
The last two No. 1 picks will face off tonight when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the New Orleans Hornets.
After his worst performance of the NBA season with six points on 2-of-15 shooting in a 96-95 defeat against the San Antonio Spurs last Wednesday, Irving headed into the All-Star weekend trying hard to really be noticed
The 20 year-old was successful versus the Houston Rockets, scoring 32 in the Rising Stars Challenge, winning the 3-point contest and finishing with 15 points in his first All-Star game. Now he will try to carry that momentum into the second half.
Irving is sixth in the NBA in scoring at 23.5 points per game, and averaged 26.2 points while shooting 51.6 percent in his previous 10 games before his clunker versus San Antonio. Even so, he had a similar performance with six points on 2-of-13 shooting in an 89-84 home defeat versus the Hornets last February.
David, New Orleans’ 2012 first overall pick, will try to build off his recent success following the worst stretch of his rookie season. After averaging 4.8 points while shooting 29.0 percent over a four-game span, the Chicago native recovered with 21 and 11 rebounds in a 99-63 victory versus the Portland Trail Blazers last Wednesday and 15 points and 10 boards in a 96-87 defeat versus the Bulls on Tuesday.
New Orleans averaged 101.0 points while hitting 29 of 62 (46.8 percent) from 3-point range over a four-game stretch before making just 4 of 17 from long range on Tuesday.
The Cavaliers have scored 107.7 per game — 10.7 above its season average — in its last six, and will try continue that pace against the Hornets that have allowed an average of 81.7 points in its last three.
New Orleans has outscored the Cavs by an average of 13.4 points in the paint in their three straight wins in this series, the last two of which have been in Cleveland.