Charlotte Hornets(8-3) vs. New Orleans Pelicans(3-10)
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
Gametime: Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Television: FOX Sports Southeast
Radio: WFNZ 610 AM/102.5 FM
Last season’s series record: NOP and CHA split series 1-1
Series history(since CHA rejoined the NBA in the 2004-05 season): NOP leads series 16-8
Another back-to-back set for the Charlotte Hornets awaits them as they look to carry their momentum from last nights dramatic win over the Atlanta Hawks at Spectrum Center into tonight’s match-up against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The Hornets came all the way back from a double-digit deficit to take down the Southeast Division-leading Hawks 100-96 last night at “The Hive” to run their record to 8-3 for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign, while the Pelicans meanwhile, are coming off a win of their own last night, as they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 113-101.
Scouting the Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets found a way to extend it’s best start in the franchise’s 28-year history , and they did it with a fourth quarter comeback that would seal the deal last night in front of their hometown fans at the Spectrum Center, as they would snap the Atlanta Hawks 6-game win streak with a 100-96 win to improve to 8-3 for the first time since the 1997-98 season, and continue to be one of the most surprising teams in the early portion of the NBA season. With last night’s win in the books, it’s going to be a quick turnaround for the Charlotte Hornets tonight, as they visit New Orleans to face a talented Anthony Davis and a young Pelicans team that is looking to get on the right track this early in the season.
Scouting the Pelicans
Despite being 3-10 on the season so far, the New Orleans Pelicans have been getting a lot of strong play from its captain, Anthony Davis, who has been averaging 31.2 points per game to lead the team, and he also leads New Orleans with 10.9 rebounds per game to go along with it, and he was the factor in last night’s 113-10 win over Portland, scoring 38 points to lead the way for the Pelicans to get its third win of the season, as Jrue Holliday made his return to the New Orleans lineup last night to score 21 points in their win. This evening, the Pelicans will have their hands full against one of the surprising teams in the NBA so far in the early portion of the season, the 8-3 Charlotte Hornets, as these two teams will square off tonight on the home floor of Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
ON THIS DATE IN HORNETS HISTORY: Kelly Tripucka would score a game-high 31 points to lead the way for the Charlotte Hornets, which included two crucial free-throws, to give Charlotte its first road win in franchise history, as they would defeat the San Antonio Spurs 107-105 at the old Hemisfair Arena on November 19, 1988.
Next 4 games for the Hornets(home games in BOLD)
Monday: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)
Wednesday: San Antonio Spurs vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m., ESPN)
Friday: Charlotte @ New York Knicks(7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)
November 26th: New York Knicks vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)