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Hornets take on 6th seeded Pelicans in cross conference matchup

Riding back to back over time victories, the New Orleans Pelicans fly into Charlotte looking to take down the Hornets.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

What: New Orleans Pelican (25-21) vs. Charlotte Hornets (19-26)

Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC

When: 7:00 p.m. EST

How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

The Charlotte Hornets will be looking to win four out of their last five when the New Orleans Pelicans come to town on Wednesday night. After a disappointing loss against the Miami Heat, Charlotte was able to bounce back against a struggling Sacramento Kings team on Monday night. The Hornets will be looking to carry this momentum over in hopes that they can spark together a win streak before a stretch of away games.

The Hornets will be without Cody Zeller again as he continues to recover from a knee injury and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is listed as probable, according to The Charlotte Observer’s, Rick Bonnell. Zeller has been practicing in individual drills but has yet to be cleared for 5-on-5 activity.

Fatigue could be an issue for New Orleans as they have played in four overtime matches in their last five games, winning all of them, including a double overtime thriller against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. DeMarcus Cousins dominated, finishing with 44 points, 24 rebounds, and 10 assists. Of course, Anthony Davis got his as well, finishing with 34 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Dwight Howard is sure to have his hands full down low in the paint. The rest of Charlotte’s big men will have to be up for the challenge when it comes to defending Cousins and Davis. If there were ever a game where Charlotte wished Zeller were healthy, this would be the one.

The Hornets will need to win this one on the perimeter, with good guard play. Kemba Walker will need to show up and prove why he should have been selected to the all star game. Hornets will need a good scoring outing from Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb as well in order to win this game.