Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, North Carolina
When: 7:00 p.m. EST
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
A weekend home-and-home between the Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks ends at the Spectrum Center on Saturday night. It is the second of a home-and-home series for both teams. In addition to that, this will the last time the Hornets will the Bucks this season. After this game, Charlotte gets to rest over the Christmas break and they surely could use a chance to regroup.
The Hornets are limping into the Christmas break. After another disappointing loss to the Bucks last night, Charlotte sits outside of the playoff picture after 32 games. Kemba Walker went of the game late with what seems to be concussion like symptoms. It was tough to see him go out in a close game because the Hornets can’t manage without him.
After Walker went out, the Bucks took over led by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Eric Bledsoe also had a big night for the Bucks on Friday night and he was a big difference in the Bucks win. The Hornets were able to run the Bucks off the three point line, but they allowed a lot of points in the paint. In addition to that, the team misses easy baskets (by the team I mean Michael Carter-Williams).
Dwight Howard also had an injury concern when he dislocated his ring finger on the left hand early in the game on Friday. He was considered questionable to return, but ultimately he didn’t play after that injury. If both him and Kemba Walker can’t play in the return leg of the home-and-home, it’ll be even more difficult to beat a talented team like the Bucks.
Overall, the injury report doesn’t look good for the Hornets going into this game. In the end, players like Jeremy Lamb and Nicolas Batum could be counted on to do the scoring. It will take the same effort that the Hornets put up in the second and third quarters of Fridays game to win on Saturday. Hopefully a change of scenery can help the Hornets as they are much better at home than on the road.