Where: Wells Fargo Center; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When: 7:00 p.m. EST
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
All good things come to an end, and for Charlotte the “good thing” was their five-game winning streak and it came to an end at the hand of the Boston Celtics, who beat up on Charlotte 134-106 Wednesday night.
The cool thing about the NBA and really life in general is when something bad happens, you get a chance to make something good start happening. In Charlotte’s case, that’s starting up a new win streak and to do so, they’ll need to get pass the Philadelphia 76ers.
Philly’s had a rough go of things lately, dropping their past two games, at Washington and at Miami. Even better for Charlotte is that the 76ers spent Thursday night playing the Cavaliers in Cleveland so the opportunity to get the jump on a worn down team is there for the Hornets.
For a 32-27 record, the Sixers do a lot of things well. Philadelphia’s 10th in points, 1st in rebounding and 3rd in assists per game. February was Philadelphia’s best month of the season, winning 8-out-of-11 games for a 72.7 win percentage. Since the All-Star break, however, the Sixers are playing .500 ball. Another encouraging tidbit about this Philadelphia team? They’re 2-9 in games where they’ve had zero rest between games.
For all the hoopla surrounding the Sixers, they’re still an emerging team. Could they be great five years from now? Sure, why not. But in the here and now this is a team that’s still figuring things out. Ben Simmons is uber-talented yes, but he’s still a limited shooter. Simmons shoots about 57 percent from the free throw line and has yet to make a three pointer all season. Philadelphia still won’t take the training wheels off demigod in waiting Joel Embiid and continues to prevent him from playing in back-to-backs.
This is a matchup I like for the Hornets. Charlotte was playing well up until Wednesday’s game in Boston and that loss is owed more to the Celtics hitting essentially every shot they took. The Celtics shot 62 percent from the floor, 60 percent from three and missed one free throw. I don’t have the stat in front of me but I believe teams that shoot 60/60/90 are approximately 52923201-0 but I’ll have to check the data to confirm. The point is, Charlotte’s been playing good basketball lately, and Philadelphia has not (though they did pick up a good win last night). And considering Philly’s shoddy record in back to backs? I’m just sayin’, there’s a chance.