When: 7:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Hornets put together one of their most complete games of the season in Tuesday’s 125-113 win over the Miami Heat. Tonight, Charlotte will look to carry that momentum into their home game against the Thunder. Tony Parker showed everyone that there’s still gas left in the tank - scoring 24 points and 11 assists in 25 minutes of play against Miami. Nic Batum, who’s been facing a ton of slander from disgruntled Hornets fans who think his contributions on the floor don’t matchup with his 5-year $120 million contract, silenced a few of his haters last game - notching his first 20 point game of the season on 7-10 shooting from the flooring, including 3-5 from behind the arc.
Kemba and crew will have their hands full against a Thunder squad featuring two of the best scorers in the league in Russell Westbrook and Paul George. The two combined for 64 points in Tuesday’s 128-110 win over the Clippers. But with as talented as Westbrook and George are offensively, the Thunder have struggled early in the season - sputtering to a 2-4 start with no wins on the road.
Tonight’s game will be crucial for both teams as they try to establish momentum. The Hornets turned good defense into easy offense against the Heat - scoring 17 fast break points compared to the Heat’s 5. If Charlotte wants to walk away from this one with the “W” it will start on the defensive end. Although statistics show that Nic Batum has contributed positively to the Hornets this season, Charlotte (and Kemba) need the Frenchman to put points on the board. His ability to spread the floor (when he’s hitting the 3) opens things up for everyone else offensively.
This is the first time the Hornets and Thunder have played since January 13th, 2018. OKC won that game 101-91 - outscoring the Hornets by 13 in 4th. Tip off for tonight’s game is at 7pm. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @At_The_Hive for updates and post game analysis.