The Charlotte Hornets welcome their I-85 rivals to the Spectrum Center tonight as the Atlanta Hawks come to town for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks: Odds and Moneyline (FanDuel)
Point spread: Hornets -2.5
Money line: Hornets -138/Hawks +118
Charlotte Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks: Injury Report
Hornets: Dennis Smith Jr. (left ankle sprain), Cody Martin (left knee procedure), and Mark Williams (left ankle sprain) are OUT. Gordon Hayward (left shoulder – scapula fracture) is QUESTIONABLE.
Hawks: John Collins (ankle), Dejounte Murray (ankle), and Clint Capela (right calf strain) are OUT.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks: Key Statistic
Total field goal attempts
Expect plenty of shots to be put up tonight, as the Hornets (93.0) and Hawks (92.9) rank second and third in the league in field goal attempts per game, respectively. Charlotte attempted 90 field goals while Atlanta attempted 95 field goals in the first meeting of these teams this season.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks: Key Matchup
LaMelo Ball vs. Trae Young
LaMelo Ball made his return from injury on Wednesday night and did so in impressive fashion, recording 23 points and 11 assists in 34 minutes of action. Ball also shot 9/18 from the field including 5/13 from three-point range, a trend that the Hornets will need to continue to have success tonight.
Trae Young has had a solid start to the season, averaging 26.8 points and 9.9 assists per night. Young posted 28 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds in the first meeting between Charlotte and Atlanta this season.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks: Prediction
The Hornets enter tonight having lost six straight games after suffering an overtime defeat to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The Hawks, meanwhile, are 1-5 in their last six games, with the lone win coming by one point in overtime.
Charlotte won the first meeting between the two teams, has the home court advantage, and could potentially have Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball together for the first time this year. However, after losing to a Pistons team without Cade Cunningham in their last game, the Hornets will need to prove that they can win before they can be predicted to do so.
What is next for the Charlotte Hornets?
Sunday, December 18th – at Denver Nuggets (8:00 p.m. ET)
Note: Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.