Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
When: 7:00 p.m. EST.
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
It is officially the start of the NBA season now. What awaits Charlotte Hornets is a mystery, and everyone a part of Buzz City may be in for a roller coaster of a season. It all starts tonight, when the Hornets host Giannis Antetokoumpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Charlotte is coming off a rather disappointing season, finishing 36-46 for the second straight season. There’s a lot to look forward to entering the 2018 season, however. We are now very familiar with the hype entering the season surrounding our young talent of Malik Monk, who is looking to get some quality minutes after a disappointing rookie season, and rookie Miles Bridges, who has shown some glimpses of being the steal of the draft this preseason.
Hornets new Head Coach James Borrego is also making his debut for the team. Borrego hails from the Gregg Popovich coaching tree and is looking to get Charlotte back on track to the playoffs quicker than expected. A tough task, but his up-tempo offense and hard-nose defense may be the best thing for this young team.
The Bucks are also coming off of a disappointing season by their standards after finishing 44-38 which was only good enough for the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee’s season ended in the postseason with a loss to the Boston Celtics in 7 games.
With a talent like Giannis, the Bucks expected to at least win a series and be considered among the Eastern conferences elite teams. They hope that is the case this year with new Head Coach, Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer famously led the Atlanta Hawks to a 60-22 season back in 2014-15.
Reaching 60 wins in the NBA is no joke, and the Bucks are hoping Budenholzer can unlock Giannis’s shooting ability as well space the floor and allow the team to get more looks from three.
This Wednesday night matchup will feature two teams looking to showcase their new identities to the league. Hopefully we can expect it to be a very exciting match-up.
Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.