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The Hornets take on the Sixers without Batum tonight. Expect the Hornets’ youngsters to get some good run as a result.

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

As the wonderful Laieke detailed in today’s preview, the Charlotte Hornets play the Philadelphia 76ers tonight up in Pennsylvania. The Hornets, frankly, have been crap lately—they’ve lost six of their last eight—and after their stomach-churning loss to the New York Knicks over the weekend, it’s more or less assumed that they’re no longer interested in making the playoffs.

I mean, Nicolas Batum’s out with chronic tendonitis tonight. Google informs me is doctor talk for “recurring muscle soreness.” Hornets head coach Steve Clifford will have to dig ever deeper into the bench and play some of the Hornets’ youngsters.

That would be an acceptable outcome for tonight, as we can be relatively safe in conjecturing that the Hornets are not likely to pick up a win against a playoff team on the road.

As usual, you can watch tonight’s game live on Fox Sports Southeast or NBA League Pass and listen live with WFNZ 610 AM or WFNZ 102.5 FM.

Here are tonight’s projected starters:

Hornets Starters

Hornets Position 76ers
Hornets Position 76ers
Kemba Walker PG Ben Simmons
Jeremy Lamb SG J.J. Redick
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF Robert Covington
Marvin Williams PF Dario Saric
Dwight Howard C Joel Embiid

Nicolas Batum will join Michael Carter-Williams and Cody Zeller on the bench tonight. Markelle Fultz, Demetrius Jackson, Furkan Korkmaz, and Timothe Luwawu are out for the Sixers.

Tip-off’s at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Hop on down to the comments to chat about tonight’s game!