Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: at Portland Trail Blazers

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford looks at the scoreboard during the second half of Wednesday’s 102-73 loss to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.
Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford looks at the scoreboard during the second half of Wednesday’s 102-73 loss to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. AP

10 p.m., Moda Center

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Blazers

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

20.5

4.2

G D. Lillard

24.3

4.4

G N. Batum

14.9

6.4

G C. McCollum

20.8

3.6

F P. Hairston

6.4

2.8

F A. Aminu

10.4

6.4

F M. Williams

9.7

6.6

F N. Vonleh

3.7

4.0

C S. Hawes

6.0

4.3

C M. Plumlee

9.3

7.8

Matchup to Watch

Damian Lillard vs. Kemba Walker: A matchup of two of the NBA’s top scoring point guards.

Observations

▪  This will be Nic Batum’s first time playing as an opponent in Portland after spending his first seven NBA seasons as a Trail Blazer.

▪  It’s possible Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will play his first game this season after having shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in October. The Hornets list Kidd-Gilchrist as questionable for the Trail Blazers game.

Tap-ins

▪  The most impactful of several off-season trades for the Hornets swapped Batum for Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh.

▪  Jeremy Lin will miss Friday’s game after suffering a sprained ankle Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

Did you know?

The Trail Blazers are steadily improving; they have won four of their last five home games.

Rick Bonnell

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