The Charlotte Hornets played two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference last weekend and lost both games, but lost on their terms, not their opponents'. The Hornets proved they can hang with elite squads without key contributors, suggesting that health permitting, it's entirely possible they're an elite team themselves.
Tonight, the Hornets play the Atlanta Hawks, who are tied with the Cavs for the best record in the East right now. No nights off for the Hornets, it seems, but they've had a few days to prepare for this one.
Here's what you need to know to tune in:
What: Hornets vs Hawks
When: Nov. 18, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Radio: WFNZ 610 AM, WFNZ 102.5 FM
Save for Jeremy Lamb, the Hornets are perfectly healthy for tonight's game. For the Hawks, Thabo Sefalosha, Tiago Splitter, and Mike Scott are out. Dwight Howard is listed as probable.
Here are tonight's projected starting lineups:
|Kemba Walker||PG||Dennis Schroder|
|Nicolas Batum||SG||Kyle Korver|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||SF||Kent Bazemore|
|Marvin Williams||PF||Paul Millsap|
|Cody Zeller||C||Dwight Howard|
This is a tough one, and the game most people with League Pass will be watching this evening. The Hornets' defensive rotations really need to be on point, as allowing the Hawks open 3-pointers will end this thing quickly. Keep an eye on how Steve Clifford deals with Dwight Howard. This team looks and operates a lot like the Hornets did last year, honestly.
Hop on down to the comments to chat about tonight's game.