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The Hornets take their first west coast trip of the year

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They’ve got the Lakers tonight, and the Clippers tomorrow (gulp).

What: Charlotte Hornets (1-1) at Los Angeles Lakers (1-1)

When: 9:30 pm EDT

Where: Staples Center; Los Angeles, CA

How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

If you thought Karl-Anthony Towns was a tough matchup for the Hornets, Anthony Davis would like to have a word. Towns tuned them up with 37pts/15rbs/8ast while shooting 72% from the field, and it’s fair to expect Davis to have a similar stat line at the end of the night.

The Hornets have been horrid defensively through two games, but that’s nothing we didn’t anticipate. They’ve given up 125 in a win, and 121 in a loss, so at least there’s ample scoring to make up for the lack of defense. Scoring is fun, and fun is mostly all we care about during a “transition” year.

The Lakers beat the Jazz on Friday behind LeBron James’ 32pts/10ast/7rbs after losing on opening night to the Clippers. It’s definitely not good for the Hornets that LeBron James and Anthony Davis play on the Lakers. That will be hard to have an answer for. The supporting cast around them may be around the same talent level of the Hornets, but the LeBron-AD connection is already strong enough to make up for it. The best plan for James Borrego to combat this is to force LeBron to shoot from distance rather than getting into the paint on a PnR and having room to operate, but that is easier said than done.

A shred of good news for the Hornets; Kyle Kuzma will be out for this game as he continues rehabbing a foot injury. Without him, the Lakers have no offensive threats besides LeBron and AD, unless you count Danny Green shooting threes as a constant “threat.” In theory, if the Hornets can piece together their first complete defensive outing of the year in limiting LeBron and AD, this is a winnable game. If the threes keep falling at a near-50% clip, it might be a winnable game regardless.

The most exciting thing about the team so far this season (to me) is Devonte’ Graham. It’ll be fun to watch him continuously hoist threes that he never would’ve taken last year. I’d imagine his percentage will begin to fall sooner or later, but all power to him if he wants to shoot 75% from beyond the arc this season.

Don’t you think for a second that I forgot about the Dwight Howard Revenge Game. There’s really not much else to say about it than that, though. He used to play for the Hornets, and thankfully he doesn’t anymore. Especially wearing that #39 like a high school fullback. Also, shoutout to Jared Dudley, former Bobcat, and Troy Daniels, former Hornet. Daniels has been playing well off the bench for LA this season, and he appears to be carving out a spot in the rotation. Good for him.