The Charlotte Hornets Are Set to Face the Sacramento Kings and Extend Their Winning Streak to Three Games


The Charlotte Hornets look to extend their two game win streak as they take on the Sacramento Kings.

The Charlotte Hornets (7-6) are set to face the Sacramento Kings (5-9) in the third game of the team’s seven game home stand. The Hornets have already won their first two games on this home stand and they look to continue that trend. On top of that, they are on a two game win streak that they look to add to and make it three in a row with a win against Sacramento.

The Hornets are over .500 for the first time this season and for the first time since the start of last year. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games and have played very well over the past few weeks.

While they have had their downfalls in a few games, for the most part they have played great team basketball. It will be a tough match-up in this one as they face Demarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings.

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Cousins is a star in this league and is averaging 27.7 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game this year. He is on a tear and if it wasn’t for some on the court moments like last week when he almost elbowed Atlanta Hawks player, Al Horford, in the side of the head which the NBA took action upon and gave Cousins a one game suspension for his actions, he would be seen as an all-star/superstar caliber player.

Sacramento Kings point guard, Rajon Rondo, has been great lately as he has four triple-doubles in the last eight games for his team. He has also come very close to getting four more triple-double in the last eight games that he didn’t record one because he was off by an assist or rebounds or two.

The Kings may be the only team that was seen to have more problems than the Hornets when the year began but as of right now, the Hornets are playing great with minimal rumors and problems surrounding their team or front office, while the Kings have constant outburst and problems from players, coaches, fans, and their front office, which is regarded as one of the worst in the NBA.

This should be a good match-up between to middle of the pack teams that are looking to make the next jump. The Charlotte Hornets are 5-1 at home and look to improve on that mark as they face the Kings who are 1-4 on the road this season and have struggled away from home.

Sacramento Kings (5-9) @ Charlotte Hornets (7-6)

7:00 p.m. EST, Monday, November 23rd – Time Warner Cable Arena

Broadcast on FOX Sports Southeast

Injury Update:


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – OUT (right shoulder surgery), missed last 13 games
P.J. Hairston – QUESTIONABLE (right quad contusion), missed last two games
Cody Zeller – QUESTIONABLE (left ankle strain), missed last game

(Cody Zeller and P.J. Hairston are available to play tonight)


Rudy Gay (left shoulder strain) – QUESTIONABLE – Has missed one game due to the injury. Left Thursday (11/19) night’s game at Miami in the third quarter and did not return

Biggest Story:

P.J. Hairston and Cody Zeller are available for tonight’s game and should play. That means that the starting line-up will get back their usual starter in Hairston and Zeller will return to his bench role where he brings energy and rebounding to the team.

This should get the team back into their regular rotation and give everyone their usual role back not he team. The Charlotte Hornets were forced to start Jeremy Lin in their last game and while he played well, it was clear that Lin is much better being the first option in the second unit and having the ball in his hands than playing off of the ball with Kemba with the starters.

It will be good to have all of their players healthy in this one and hopefully it continues this way in the future.

Best Match-up to Watch:

The Charlotte Hornets Bench vs the Sacramento Kings Bench

These are two of the NBA’s highest scoring benches this year and they will be going head to head in this one. The Charlotte Hornets have the sixth highest scoring bench in the league with 39.2 points per game and they will be taking on the NBA’s third highest scoring bench in the Sacramento Kings who average 41.9 points per game.

The Charlotte Hornets bench that consists of Jeremy Lin, Jeremy Lamb, and Spencer Hawes, who have all played great this year, combine to shoot 43.9% from the field and 33.85 from three so far this year.

The Sacramento Kings are led by a bench with player like Marco Belinelli, Kosta Koufos, Omri Casspi, and Darren Collison. Their bench combines to shoot 45.8% from the field and 41.6% from three.

Next: Magic off of the Bench for the Charlotte Hornets

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