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NBA: Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

What: Charlotte Hornets (28-32) vs. Houston Rockets (35-25)

When: 7:00 p.m. EST

Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC

How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

Things have been relatively rough for the Hornets post All-Star. They’ve lost two straight during this four-game home stretch and things won’t get any easier when James Harden and the Houston Rockets come to town Wednesday night.

At 28-32, Charlotte is clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but a bright spot as they head into the final stretch of the season has been Cody Zeller - who has been a welcomed addition since returning February 5th from a 16-game absence due to a broken hand. His career high, 28, against Golden State Monday, and the 13 points and 9 rebounds he’s averaged over the past eight games, have been a nice offensive compliment to Walker.

Houston, who has also dropped two of three since All-Star, will be playing their first game since James Harden’s impressive streak of 30-point games ended at 32 in Monday’s loss to the Hawks. With CP3 and Clint Capela both back after battling injuries, the Rockets are looking to find their groove again.

It sounds like a broken record, but at least the beat is sweet. Stout defense will be key against Houston’s offensive firepower. Borrego has tried mixing things up by starting rookie Miles Bridges. His youth and athleticism may just be the defensive change the Hornets need to make strong final push.