The Charlotte Hornets get their best shot at a bounce back all season when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.
Just two days after playing a “scheduled loss” against the Detroit Pistons, Charlotte is handed the closest thing to a sure win as you can have in a competitive league like the NBA.
Coming off a day of rest, the Hornets get another home game and will be playing the Mavericks, owners of the worst record in the entire league at 3-14.
It’s been a rough season for Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki and J.J. Barea have missed significant time and are not supposed to play against Charlotte. Devin Harris has also missed significant time and played his first 10 minutes of the season against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. And you can add one more to that list with Seth Curry, who suffered a mild knee sprain against the Spurs.
It’s been bare bones for the Mavericks, having to rely on players like Seth Curry, who Rick Bonnell pointed out is one of four undrafted players to start for Dallas this season.
Seth Curry is one of four undrafted players who have started this season for the Mavericks.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) December 1, 2016
Despite missing some Mavericks mainstays, they still feature a few great players. The newly-acquired tandem of ex-Golden State Warriors, Harrison Barnes and Andre Bogut, coupled with Wesley Matthews, makes them a dangerous team, even if the wins and losses haven’t been too kind this season.
The Mavs pushed San Antonio on Wednesday night and they’ll pay for it as they play the second game of a back-to-back at Charlotte on Thursday night. This one sets up nicely for Charlotte and they should be able to take home an important win if they can contain Barnes and Matthews.