When: 8 p.m. EST
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports North
The Hornets take on the Wolves tonight in a game that will finish out Charlotte's western conference road trip. This is a very winnable game for Charlotte, but that doesn't make it automatic. Minnesota is coming off a big win against the Atlanta Hawks where Andrew Wiggins scored 33 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 while pulling down 12 rebounds. Minnesota is young, talented, and incredibly dangerous if they're overlooked.
That said, the Wolves are still not considered a very good team. With their youth and talent comes a lot of inexperience that veterans know how to exploit. To make up for this Minnesota brought in players such as Kevin Garnett, Andre Miller, and Tayshaun Prince to try and balance out the youth on the roster. Even with that balance however they still struggle against most NBA teams, and are rarely considered a favorite.
Also in Charlotte's favor is Minnesota will be playing on a back to back, and the Hornets are on fresh legs. On paper, the Hornets are the better team thanks to more veterans, and this should show itself when Charlotte is executing their offense. The Hornets are going to fire up a ton of 3-pointers, and it'll be interesting to see how the Wolves respond if those shots begin to fall. This will also be Towns first experience against a big man as agile in the post as Al Jefferson.
There's a lot of interesting matchups going into tonight, and this is a game the Hornets should come out on top, but if the Hornets don't come in prepared then they'll face consequences. The Wolves might not be a great team yet, but they're good enough to steal games they weren't expected to win.