Charlotte Hornets

Hornets Gameday: vs. Chicago Bulls

Tuesday, 7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Bulls

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

16.3

4.7

G D. Rose

13.7

1.7

G P. Hairston

4.3

1.7

G J. Butler

21.3

6.7

F N. Batum

13.0

7.3

F T. Snell

8.3

3.0

F M. Williams

12.7

9.0

F N. Mirotic

19.7

8.0

C A. Jefferson

12.3

8.7

C P. Gasol

11.3

7.7

Matchup to Watch

Jimmy Butler vs. P.J Hairston: Steve Clifford says Hairston is starting for his defense. Butler will bring quite a challenge in that regard, having emerged as a major scorer last season while Derrick Rose was injured.

Observations

▪  Bulls big man Joakim Noah has bought into coming off the bench, which allows the Bulls to start Nikola Mirotic at power forward, where he’s is a classic “stretch 4.”

▪  If the Hornets don’t win tonight, there is a distinct possibility they could start the season 0-6, facing a tough trip to Dallas and San Antonio.

Tap-ins

▪  Keep an eye on Chicago forward Bobby Portis, who could make a run at Rookie of the Year.

▪  Former Duke star Mike Dunleavy has missed the Bulls first few games with a back injury.

Did you know?

After averaging a league-best 11.6 turnovers last season, the Hornets are up to 13.7 turnovers this season.

Rick Bonnell

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