A pair of Eastern Conference teams take the floor in the Big Apple. The Charlotte Hornets are on the road as they make the trek up the east coast to face the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night. Charlotte comes in off a 132-96 road loss to Toronto in their last game Monday night. Brooklyn was drubbed 115-86 at home by Indiana in their previous contest Monday night. The Nets lead the all-time regular-season series between the teams 56-52 but the teams split four meetings a season ago. In the most recent matchup, it was Charlotte taking a 123-112 road win on March 1, 2019.
Charlotte Hornets Seek to Regroup After Blowout LossCharlotte couldn’t build off the momentum of back to back wins in the dying seconds as they were pasted by Toronto on the road Monday night. The Hornets entered Tuesday third in the Southeast Division, four games behind the Heat. Charlotte hung around for a half, trailing by one after the opening quarter and by four at intermission before things fell apart. The Hornets were outscored 11-3 to start the second half to trail by 12 and the rout was on. All told, Charlotte was outscored 72-40 in the second half of the contest. The Hornets shot 42.3 percent from the floor, including 15 of 45 from beyond the arc, and were hurt by 20 turnovers that Toronto turned into 39 points. Marvin Williams led Charlotte with 14 off the bench in the loss.
The Hornets are a below-average team offensively in the early part of the season, ranking 25th in the league with 105.9 points per game. Charlotte is 30th in rebounding with 40.9 boards per game and tied for 16th by dishing out 23.9 assists per contest. The Hornets are below average defensively this season as they are 20th in scoring defense by allowing 113.6 points per game. Terry Rozier is second on Charlotte with 16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season. PJ Washington (12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds), Devonte’ Graham (team-leading 18.3 points, seven assists), Cody Zeller (12.1 points, 8.8 rebounds) and Miles Bridges (11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds) are all scoring in double figures. Dwayne Bacon, Malik Monk (9.9 points) and Marvin Williams are solid contributors offensively as well. The Hornets are 20th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 44.6 percent from the floor. Charlotte is 8th in the league with 13.1 threes per game while ranking tied for 7th in three-point shooting as they hit 36.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Brooklyn Nets Try to Get Back on TrackBrooklyn was bombed at home by Indiana as they suffered their fourth loss in the last five games. The Nets entered Tuesday fourth in the Atlantic Division, six games behind the Celtics on the year. Brooklyn was even after the opening quarter but was blown out 41-17 in the second quarter to trail by 24 at the half. The Nets got no closer than 12 in the second half as the Pacers took care of business in the contest. Brooklyn shot only 35.7 percent from the field in the contest, including 11 of 34 from three-point range, and was dominated 63-40 on the glass. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 28 points and eight assists in the defeat.
The Nets enter this contest 7th in the league by averaging 114.5 points per game on the year. Brooklyn is tied for fifth in the league in rebounding by pulling down 47.5 boards a night while they are 19th by dishing out 23.2 assists per game. The Nets are a dismal 26th in scoring defense as they allow 118.5 points per game this year. Kyrie Irving leads the team with 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists a night on the season. Caris LeVert chips in 16.8 points per contest while Spencer Dinwiddie contributes 18.5 points and 4.8 assists a game. Joe Harris (13.2 points) and Taurean Prince (12.5 points, 6.2 rebounds) are solid contributors but getting more offense their big man duo of Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan would help take the load off their backcourt group. Brooklyn is 17th in field goal percentage by shooting 45 percent from the field as a team this season. The Nets are tied for 9th in threes per game by knocking down 12.7 triples per contest while ranking 16th in the league by hitting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc on the year. LeVert is out four to six weeks with a thumb injury while Irving is dealing with a shoulder impingement and he will miss his third straight game here.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Hornets are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games
- Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- Nets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games
- Nets are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference teams