Game Preview: Charlotte Hornets seek to even series against Minnesota Timberwolves

After ending a five-game losing streak, the Charlotte Hornets seek to win their second consecutive game on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Charlotte Hornets’ young team ended a five-game losing streak on Monday, and they look to build a new winning streak. On Wednesday, the Hornets will face the Minnesota Timberwolves; this will be Charlotte’s last game before the All-Star break.

The Hornets have not played the Timberwolves since the second game of the season; in that game, Charlotte took a massive loss, losing 121-99 at home. Lucking for Charlotte, this Timberwolves team will look a little different.

The Hornets last game resulted in an 87-76 win over the Detrioit Pistons; this was Charlotte’s tenth straight win over them. However, the Timberwolves’ previous game resulted in a 137-126 loss to the Toronto Raptors; the Timberwolves are currently 1-9 in their last ten games.

Charlotte Hornets at Minnesota Timberwolves
8:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, February 11th, 2020
Target Center
Fox Sports Southeast

Stream: Fubo.tv

Injury Report:

CHA:

Cody Martin – Concussion (Out)

MIN: 

Omari Spellman – Personal (Out)

Evan Turner – Undisclosed Injury (Out)

Jake Layman – Toe (Questionable)

Things to watch for:

This will be the third time that the Hornets see D’Angelo Russell so far this season. Before being traded by the Golden State Warriors, Russell played in one game against the Hornets earlier this season; both of these games resulted in losses for his team.

The Hornets have not won two consecutive games since the beginning of January. Look for young players to step it up in this one. It will be ideal if the defense from Monday’s win carries over into this game.

Keys to the game:

When these teams played last time, the Hornets were missing Cody Zeller in the starting lineup. Having Zeller back may not help a lot, but the team should operate between with him, as he sets efficient screens.

The Timberwolves have two dangerous scorers, so the team must limit the number of shots that Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell get. Towns finished his last game against Charlotte with 37 points and 15 rebounds.

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Don’t let the record fool you, but the Hornets face a tough team on the road on Wednesday, and they will need what happened in Monday’s game to carry over into this one. A win in this one could hand the Hornets the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference.

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