The Charlotte Hornets return to action tonight as they welcome the Sacramento Kings to town for a Halloween night showdown.
The Hornets are now 3-3 after earning an overtime victory on their home court over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, while the Kings picked up their first win on Saturday in a home contest against the Miami Heat to move to 1-4.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Sacramento Kings: Odds and Moneyline (FanDuel)
Point Spread: Kings -2
Money line: Kings -130 / Hornets +110
Charlotte Hornets vs. Sacramento Kings: Injury Report
Hornets: Terry Rozier (right ankle sprain) and Cody Martin (left quad soreness) are DOUBTFUL. LaMelo Ball (left ankle sprain) is OUT.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Sacramento Kings: Key Statistic
Points off turnovers
Sacramento’s opponents are averaging 21 points per game off turnovers, the highest figure in the league. Charlotte has averaged 17.5 points per game off turnovers, good for 15th in the NBA so far this season.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Sacramento Kings: Key Matchup
Dennis Smith Jr. vs. De’Aaron Fox
Dennis Smith Jr. continues his strong play and should be in for yet another heavy workload in this contest in the absence of Ball, Rozier, and Martin. Smith Jr. is currently leading the Hornets in assists per game (6.2) and steals per game (1.7). He also has an individual defensive rating of 103.0, the second-best figure on the team behind only Nick Richards.
De’Aaron Fox is leading the Kings in points per game (27.8), assists per game (5.6), steals per game (1.0), and PER (22.59). For the season, Fox is averaging 27.8 points, 5.6 assists, and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 55.0% from the field and 39.3% from three-point range.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Sacramento Kings: Prediction
The Hornets suffered a loss to the Orlando Magic last Friday in an obvious letdown spot after an overtime loss to the New York Knicks and with the Golden State Warriors coming to Charlotte the following night.
Tonight’s matchup with the Kings is another letdown spot after the Hornets earned an overtime win over the Warriors on Saturday and before they travel to Chicago to face the Bulls on Wednesday night. However, with the lessons learned from the blowout loss to the Magic last week, expect Charlotte to come into this game with a renewed sense of focus as they handle the task in front of them.
Hornets 120, Kings 112
What’s next for the Charlotte Hornets?
Wednesday, November 2nd – at Chicago Bulls (8:00 p.m. ET)
Note: Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.