The Charlotte Hornets are ice cold right now and are desperate for a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 105.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 23.3 points and 5.5 assists while Nicolas Batum is averaging 14.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. Marvin Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Cody Zeller is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.
The Portland Trail Blazers could also use a win after splitting their last 14 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 107.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.2 points and 5.9 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 23.5 points and 3.6 rebounds. Mason Plumlee is the third double-digit scorer and Maurice Harkless is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last eight home games.
This game will be won on the defensive end tonight as both teams are looking to bounce back! I'm expecting a close game between these two ball clubs. I believe the Trailblazers will put an emphasis on their defense tonight and secure themselves a home win.
Best of luck!