Charlotte Hornets

Hornets-Wizards pregame report

Washington’s John Wall, shown earlier this month against the Hornets, is averaging just short of a double-double this season (17.4 points, 9.9 assists per game).
Washington’s John Wall, shown earlier this month against the Hornets, is averaging just short of a double-double this season (17.4 points, 9.9 assists per game). dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Hornets at Wizards

7 p.m., Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Wizards

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G, K. Walker

18.0

3.7

G, J. Wall

17.4

4.6

G, G. Henderson

11.9

3.3

G, B. Beal

14.7

3.7

F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist

10.9

7.6

F, P. Pierce

12.4

4.0

F, TBD

F, Nene

11.2

5.1

F, A. Jefferson

17.0

8.6

C, M. Gortat

11.9

8.5

Matchup to Watch

John Wall vs. Kemba Walker: Wall averages just short of a double-double this season (9.9 assists per game). Walker is coming back to form after missing six weeks following knee surgery.

Observations

▪  After a great start, the Wizards have floated along pretty mediocre the last month this season.

▪  All five Wizards starters average double figures scoring this season.

Tap-ins

▪  Hornets power forward Cody Zeller has missed three games with a sprained right shoulder.

▪  Hornets center Al Jefferson has been playing with a sore right knee.

Did you know?

The Hornets enter this game with a 7-5 record against the other four teams in the Southeast Division (Atlanta, Miami, Orlando and Washington). That’s far better than in past seasons, when they would annually get swept by the Miami Heat.

Rick Bonnell

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