Chances are, the Charlotte Hornets are still stinging from their painful defeat on Saturday night. The good news about the NBA is that you usually don’t get a chance to dwell on a loss for too long, which is the case as Charlotte pays a visit to the Mavericks to try and cleanse themselves of that loss to the Timberwolves.
If this seems like déjà vu all over again, there is a reason for that. These two teams faced off just four days ago, with the Hornets pulling out a closer-than-expected 97-87 victory in Charlotte.
The scene may be shifting to Dallas, but not much else has changed. Dirk Nowitzki is still not expected to suit up for the Mavs, and neither is J.J. Barea. Seth Curry is also listed as questionable for the game tonight.
Unlike Charlotte, Dallas is coming off a major high. As in, their largest victory of the season. Following their 10-point defeat at the Hive, the Mavs went into Chicago and came out with a 25-point beating of the Bulls. That night, Harrison Barnes scored 17 of his 22 in the first half, and Wesley Matthews capped the night by scoring 20 of his 26 in the second half. Matthews finished the night going 7-for-11 from deep.
The Hornets will need to be careful. Since basketball returned to Charlotte in 2005, the team is 1-11 in Dallas - though the one victory came last season. For a deeper breakdown, let’s check in with our best of friends at Locked on Hornets!