When: 7:00 pm EST
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Charlotte Hornets first game of the 2019-2020 season was a spirited 126-125 home win against the Chicago Bulls to start the season with a bang. Fast forward a few weeks and those early good vibes have dissipated as the Hornets have lost seven of their last nine games as they welcome the Bulls back to Charlotte. Meanwhile the Bulls have lost four of their last five games with their last two contests being a 20-point shellacking by the Detroit Pistons followed by a bad loss to the Miami Heat last night in which they trailed 67-43 at halftime.
The Bulls are currently tied for the NBA’s worst offensive rating at 103.2 and have the league’s second worst field goal percentage at 42.7 percent. The Bulls leading scorer, Zach LaVine (19.5 PPG) shoots just 41 percent, second leading scorer Lauri Markkanen (14.4 PPG) is shooting 37 percent, and third leading scorer Coby White (13.0 PPG) is hitting an abysmal 36 percent. My advice to James Borrego is let them shoot!
As for the Hornets, the player to watch tonight will be Cody Zeller. The Bulls have an undersized center in 6-foot-9 Wendell Carter Jr. while power forward Lauri Markkanen isn’t known as a banger down low. In their first matchup between these two teams Zeller went for 15 points and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes. Cody has been struggling big time of late scoring just 24 points over his last four games. Establishing an inside presence can open things up on the perimeter for Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier.
It’s always nice to return home after a four-game road trip. It’s even nicer to return home and get a win. The Hornets beat the Bulls in the first game of the season and they can do it again tonight.