The Charlotte Hornets are coming off of a tough loss on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder in which they had two great looks near the end of regulation. The Hornets have been notoriously bad in close games in recent years and are 2-7 when games are decided in the final minute.
The Atlanta Hawks should serve as a pick-me-up. The two teams met earlier in the year with the Hornets winning 113-102. Kemba led the way with 29 points and seven assists with Marvin Williams scoring a season-high 20 points. Former Hornet Jeremy Lin led the way for Atlanta, scoring 19 points while Trae Young, the fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft, added 18 points and 10 assists.
The game was closer than anticipated as the Hawks took an 84-83 lead with just over 10 minutes to go. The Hornets went on a run after this, securing the 11-point win.
The win over the Hawks ignited a 10-game losing streak for Atlanta, which they are still in the midst of. This has the Hawks last in the Eastern Conference standings, but the Hornets shouldn’t take them lightly as Lloyd Pierce is a notoriously hard-working head coach. Additionally, the Hawks have recently got John Collins back from injury. Last year’s first-round draft pick, Collins is rounding into form as he scored 16 points on 7/8 shooting in Atlanta’s last game. He is a player that Charlotte should definitely take notice of tonight.
There’s a solid chance that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is back tonight which will help the Hornets out a lot on the defensive end. However, Tony Parker will be out. For Atlanta, Alex Poythress is out while Alex Len is probable and Kent Bazemore is questionable.
Tip-off is at 6:00 p.m., and you can catch the game on Fox Sports Southeast
Kemba Walker, Guard, Connecticut
Jeremy Lamb, Wing, Connecticut
Nicolas Batum, Wing, France
Marvin Williams, Forward, North Carolina
Cody Zeller, Center, Indiana