When and where: December 6, 2019, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC, 7:00 PM ET
An Eastern Conference showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets takes center stage in Friday’s NBA action. The Hornets desperately needed the Golden State Warriors as a stepping stone to get back into the win column after dropping consecutive losses to the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. Meanwhile, the Nets bounced back from their loss at home to the Miami Heat with a road victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Can Temple remain a threat for the Nets?It’s becoming increasingly obvious of why Kyrie Irving wanted Garrett Temple to join the Nets so badly. The 33-year-old guard is beginning to make his presence felt on the floor at a time when the Nets are hurting for offensive help. He dropped 22 points on the Boston Celtics over a week ago, and on Wednesday in Atlanta, he heaped a season-high 27 points on the scoreboard.
Is this a temporary offensive explosion from a veteran player, or can Temple realistically act as a primary scorer?
The Nets are hoping it’s the latter ahead of their road game against a Hornets team with the second-worst defense in the league. Opposing teams are lighting them up for an average 48.8 field goal shooting percentage. That should create plenty of opportunities for Temple to help make up for the missing 28.5 points per game Irving was averaging on the floor. The star guard didn’t travel with the team for this road trip due to an ailing shoulder.
Brooklyn hasn’t been great on defense, but they have been formidable with the 17th-ranked defense in the league. They should find moments to shine against a Hornets offense with a 44.7 shooting percentage, along with averaging 16.3 turnovers at home.
Graham giving the Hornets hope for the futureThe future is beginning to look brighter for the Hornets in their first season without Kemba Walker. Devonte’ Graham may not be the next Walker, but he’s showing signs of becoming something special. That something could be a key component in the ensuing rebuild in Charlotte.
The 24-year-old guard tied Walker’s franchise record with 10 shots from 3-point range on a night when he scored a team-high 33 points in a 106-91 win over the Warriors.
He’ll try to continue to flash the future in Friday night’s home game against the Nets. The Hornets have been atrocious on the boards so far this season. It isn’t helping matters that center Bismack Biyombo’s rebound numbers have continued to dip. They’ll be facing a Nets team averaging 57.6 rebounds per game.
If second-chance shot opportunities weren’t enough of a concern for the Hornets, they’ll have plenty to worry about with their moribund defense facing a Nets team with growing confidence after wins over the Celtics and Hawks in two of their last three games. If the defensive efforts fail, this game could be more about Graham and Terry Rozier leading an attempt to win an offensive shootout.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing straight up record.
- Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
- Nets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning % below .400.
- Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win
- Hornets are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home underdog of 5.0-10.5.
- Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.