After two horrendous losses at home, the Charlotte Hornets look to break a two-game losing streak against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Charlotte Hornets are coming off two straight home losses, and they are looking to turn things around on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. The Hornets currently sit at 4-5 and seek to get back to the .500 mark.
The Hornets will be entering this game seeking their first win against the 76ers since the 2016-17 season. Last season, all four games between the two teams were decided by four points or less.
If Charlotte wants to pick up a win here and turns things around on the road, then they will have to be almost perfect on offense. The 76ers might have lost Jimmy Butler during the offseason, but they gained two defensive threats with Josh Richardson and Al Horford.
Charlotte Hornets at Philadelphia 76ers
6:00 p.m. EST, Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Wells Fargo Center
Fox Sports Southeast
Nicolas Batum – Finger (Questionable)
Ben Simmons – Shoulder (Out)
Shake Milton – Knee (Questionable)
Things to watch for:
The Charlotte Hornets will be heading into this game without the threat of Ben Simmons playing due to his shoulder injury. The Hornets can expect Raul Neto to start in place of Simmons. Neto started in his first game for the 76ers’ in their loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday.
Since the 76ers do not have a back-up point guard that is a threat, it will be interesting to see if Devonte Graham can go for another 20+ points night. Graham is the team’s leading scorer with Graham is currently averaging 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per game.
Keys to the game:
In a game against a tough opponent like the 76ers, the Hornets will need to take care of the basketball. The Hornets are ranked 30th in the league with 18.6 turnovers committed per game. Charlotte was the #2 team in the NBA last season, so they have taken a dramatic drop.
The Hornets will need to continue to shoot well from beyond the arc and score in larger numbers. With Graham coming off a good game against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Hornets will need him to continue his consistent scoring.
Finally, the Hornets will need to find a way to limit Joel Embiid’s scoring. Embiid is averaging 23.2 points per game, and the Hornets do not need him to have a career game against them. Cody Zeller will have a lot to handle in Sunday’s night game.