The Charlotte Hornets are at home Monday night taking on the Washington Wizards at the Spectrum Center. The Hornets are coming off of their third straight win, and the Wizards are no pushover this season.
The Wizards have won seven of their last nine games in large part due to wings Bradley Beal and Otto Porter finally beginning to blossom alongside John Wall. Their 23-20 record is no fluke.
This is a key matchup for Kemba Walker in particular as NBA All-Star reserves are expected to be announced Thursday, and Wall is one of the Eastern Conference’s top guards.
Further, the Wizards are currently second in the Southeastern Division, 2.5 games behind the Atlanta Hawks. The Hornets are three games behind the Hawks. We found out just how important tie-breakers are last season.
Needless to say, tonight’s game is extremely important for a multitude of reasons. The implications of a good performance stretch far beyond the win/loss column.
The Hornets do match up well with the Wizards — Kemba’s speed matches Wall’s, Nicolas Batum’s length matches Beal’s, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s intensity matches Porter’s — so this could be a tough one.
Let’s hope the momentum the Hornets have built over their last few games helps them pull out a win against the Wizards tonight.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m.