Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday

Hornets vs. Trail Blazers

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Hornets Blazers
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 14.7 4.8 G D. Lillard 20.2 5.5
G, G. Henderson 5.7 2.1 G W. Matthews 15.4 4.2
F, L. Stephenson 9.8 8.3 F N. Batum 9.3 6.9
F, M. Williams 6.7 3.2 F L.Aldridge 21.3 8.6
C, A. Jefferson 20.7 7.5 C R. Lopez 11.6 7.1

Matchup to Watch

LaMarcus Aldridge vs. Marvin Williams/Cody Zeller: Aldridge had 25 points and 14 rebounds in the Blazers’ 23-point comeback to beat the Hornets in Portland. That game was won on Blazers second-chance points and Aldridge was central to that.

Observations

• The Blazers are already 6-0 this season against the Eastern Conference. They are on a seven-game winning streak, among the hottest teams in the NBA.



• The Blazers outscored the Hornets 27-15 in the fourth quarter earlier this month to finish off their comeback.



Tap-ins

• The Hornets are listing P.J. Hairston (sprained right ankle) as probable tonight and Gary Neal (sprained left shoulder) as doubtful. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right foot stress reaction) is out.



• The Blazers shoot 40 percent from 3-point range, a big concern for a Hornets team that gave up 15 3s to the Los Angeles Clippers Monday.



Did you know?

Strangely enough the then-Bobcats beat the Blazers by 30 points at home and lost to them by 30 in Portland last season.

Rick Bonnell

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