When: 7:00 p.m. EST
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
How to watch: Fox sports southeast, NBA League Pass
It’s been a LONG time since the Charlotte Hornets swept a three or more game home stand...17 years to be exact. But that’s exactly what they’ll look to do Tuesday night when they host the Los Angeles Clippers. The last time these two teams met, the Hornets were in the middle of a six game West Coast road trip. Kemba Walker struggled from the floor - shooting 33% (6-18) and scoring just 13 points (far below his 24.5 points per game average). The Hornets were defeated 128-109. Malik Monk led the team with 24 points that night.
But the Charlotte squad the Clippers will face Tuesday night is different. In their previous two games against Memphis and Chicago, strong play in the 4th quarter (something the team struggled with earlier this season) secured both wins.
Center Cody Zeller, who has been sidelined since New Year’s Eve with a hand injury, is eyeing a return and has been listed a probable for the matchup. It would be a much welcomed edition and boost to the team’s depth - which is needed against a LA team that had four players score 20 or more points in their previous game.
As the Hornets and Clippers are clinging to 7th and 8th place in their conferences respectively, expect both teams to come out playing inspired basketball. Defense and continued strong play in the 4th quarter will be key for the Hornets if they want to walk away with the “W”. LA outscored Charlotte 42-32 in the final period in their game earlier this year and that simply cannot happen Tuesday.