What: Charlotte Hornets (6-5) at Philadelphia 76ers (7-5)
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Wells Fargo Center; Philadelphia, PA
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA TV
The Charlotte Hornets will be looking for revenge as they travel back to Philadelphia on Friday night for game 2 of their 4 game season series matchup. Their previous matchup ended in heart break, as the Hornets lost 105-103.
Charlottes is coming off a surprisingly tough win against the Atlanta Hawks. Kemba Walker was once again impressive with 29 points and Marvin Williams was finally able to make an impact offensively dropping 20 points. Philly is also coming off a great 100-94 road win against the Indiana Pacers.
In their first matchup Charlotte struggled to contain Sixers star man, Joel Embiid. Embiid finished the game with 27 points and 15 rebounds. The Hornets did a good job containing Ben Simmons as he finished with only 14 points, but shot a very poor percentage of 5-20 from the field. For most of the game the Hornets did a good job of guarding the Sixers three point threats but it wouldn’t last as Robert Covington and J.J Reddick got hot late finishing with 18 and 15 points respectively.
If the Hornets want to flip the result they will need to ensure that Covington and Reddick don’t find their shots. Charlotte’s big men have struggled all season defensively so containing Embiid is going to be a tough task. Slowing down everyone around him is going to be the key to the game defensively.
Since this matchup the Hornet’s bench as really taken on a new identity as well. In that game Charlotte’s bench was without point guard Tony Parker and didn’t play to well as a unit. Miles Bridges was second leading scorer on the team with 14 points. We have since seen a resurgence from the bench unit. Malik Monk is becoming the player we all thought he could be and Parker is almost playing like its 2010 again. This may look like a completely different game if the bench shows up to play.