The Charlotte Hornets return home for a Saturday night matchup with the Brooklyn Nets coming to town, with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
Both teams enter tonight’s matchup at 3-6 after Charlotte lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday evening while Brooklyn defeated the Washington Wizards.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets: Odds and Moneyline (FanDuel)
Point Spread: Nets -5
Money line: Nets -205 / Hornets +172
Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets: Injury Report
Hornets: Terry Rozier (right ankle sprain) and Cody Martin (left quad soreness) are DOUBTFUL. LaMelo Ball (left ankle sprain) and Gordon Hayward (left shoulder contusion) are OUT.
Nets: Seth Curry (left ankle) is expected to play in tonight’s game. Ben Simmons (left knee) is QUESTIONABLE. Kyrie Irving (suspension) and T.J. Warren (left foot) are OUT.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets: Key Statistic
The Nets have been nothing but net
Brooklyn is currently shooting 48.9% from the field as a team, the best mark in the NBA.
The Hornets, meanwhile, are shooting just 45.3% from the field, the seventh-worst mark in the NBA.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets: Key Matchup
Jalen McDaniels vs. Kevin Durant
Jalen McDaniels drew his first start of the season on Friday night against Memphis in the absence of Gordon Hayward. McDaniels struggled to the tune of four points on 1/5 shooting but has had other strong performances this season and remains capable of playing well in extended minutes. On the season, he is averaging 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists and is shooting 43.8% from three-point range. McDaniels also has an individual defensive rating of 109.8 this year, the second-best mark for the Hornets.
Kevin Durant has been his usual terrific self to begin the year, averaging 32.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.1 assists while shooting 52.2% from the field. He is coming off a 28 point, nine rebound, 11 assist effort in last night’s game against his hometown Wizards in Washington.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets: Prediction
Perhaps no team has seen as much off-court turmoil this season than the Nets, who are still in the midst of the ongoing Kyrie Irving saga. Meanwhile, perhaps no team has had as much on-court turmoil as the Hornets, who have already seen four of their key rotation players suffer injuries that have taken them out of the lineup.
While Charlotte gets the benefit of playing at home, Brooklyn is coming off one of their better performances of the season and appears to be better off without Kyrie Irving on the floor. The Hornets as currently constituted simply do not have the offensive firepower to compete with the Nets.
What’s next for the Charlotte Hornets?
Monday, November 7th – vs. Washington Wizards (7:00 p.m. ET)
Note: Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.