The Charlotte Hornets return from their Thanksgiving hiatus to play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves, with tipoff set for 5:00 p.m.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Odds and Moneyline (FanDuel)
Point spread: Timberwolves -5.5
Money line: Timberwolves -240 / Hornets +198
Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Injury Report
Hornets: LaMelo Ball (left ankle sprain), Dennis Smith Jr. (left ankle sprain), and Cody Martin (left knee procedure) are OUT. Gordon Hayward (left shoulder contusion) is QUESTIONABLE.
Timberwolves: Jordan McLaughlin (left calf strain) and Taurean Prince (right shoulder subluxation) are OUT. Kyle Anderson (back spasms) is QUESTIONABLE.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Key Statistic
Second chance points and offensive rebounding
Minnesota allows 16.6 second chance points per game, the most in the league. Meanwhile, Charlotte scores 16.7 second chance points per game, the fourth-best mark in the league.
Much of Charlotte’s success with second chance points can be attributed to their offensive rebounding prowess, as their 12.5 offensive rebounds per game is the fourth-best in the NBA. Meanwhile, Minnesota is allowing opponents 12.1 offensive rebounds per game, the fourth-worst mark in the league.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Key Matchup
Mason Plumlee vs. Rudy Gobert
Mason Plumlee has had a solid season to this point, as his seven double-doubles through 19 games has already matched the seven he recorded during the 2021-22 campaign. Plumlee is averaging 9.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per night so far this year.
Minnesota’s marquee acquisition during the offseason, Rudy Gobert has averaged 13.6 points and 12.6 rebounds so far this year. Gobert is also averaging 1.4 blocks per night for a Timberwolves team that is ninth in the league with 5.6 blocks per night.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Prediction
Charlotte picked up a win over a depleted Philadelphia 76ers team on Wednesday night, marking Charlotte’s second home victory this season.
Meanwhile, Minnesota has won five straight games and currently sits at 10-8 after starting the year at 5-8.
While Charlotte should have a solid home crowd on hand for the debut of their new “City Edition” jerseys, the new threads will not be enough for the Hornets to come away with the win.
What’s next for the Charlotte Hornets?
Monday, November 28th – at Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)
Note: Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.