Charlotte Hornets

Hornets Gameday: At Dallas Mavericks

8:30 p.m., American Airlines Center

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Mavericks

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

15.5

5.0

G D. Williams

12.0

3.3

G N. Batum

14.3

7.5

G W. Matthews

9.0

2.7

F P. Hairston

5.8

2.5

F C. Parsons

5.5

2.5

F M. Williams

10.5

9.3

F D. Nowitzki

17.5

8.0

C A. Jefferson

12.8

7.3

C Z. Pachulia

8.5

9.3

Matchup to Watch

Dirk Nowitzki vs. Marvin Williams/Cody Zeller: The guy who more or less pioneered the concept of a “stretch four” – a power forward with the shooting ability to stretch the floor – is winding down his career, but he’s still an extremely tough cover.

Observations

▪ The Mavericks thought they had one of the coups of the free-agency period when Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said he’d sign there. Then he had a change of heart and returned to the Clippers.

▪ Dallas ended up retooling with free-agents Wesley Matthews and Zaza Pachulia, who both start. The Mavericks are strong offensively but still must improve their defense.

Tap-ins

▪ Point guard Deron Williams negotiated a buyout from his contract with the Brooklyn Nets to sign with his hometown Mavericks.

▪  The Hornets play five of the next seven on the road before a seven-game homestand to end November.

Did you know?

The Hornets’ average of 11.5 3-pointers made ties the Golden State Warriors for most in the NBA. Last season the Hornets averaged 6.1 3-pointers made per game.

Rick Bonnell

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