Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets at Atlanta Hawks: Saturday’s preview

Hornets at Hawks

7:30 p.m., Philips Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Hornets Hawks
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 14.7 4.8 G, J. Teague 18.3 2.2
G, G. Henderson 6.4 2.3 G, K. Korver 13.1 4.2
F, L. Stephenson 9.7 8.1 F, D. Carroll 11.9 6.0
F, C. Zeller 8.4 4.8 F, P. Millsap 16.9 8.3
C, A. Jefferson 20.7 7.0 C, A. Horford 14.0 6.4

Matchup to Watch

Paul Millsap vs. Cody Zeller: Millsap now has 3-point range, in addition to his drive game, which makes him a very versatile power forward. Zeller struggled to guard him as a rookie, but he’s rapidly improving.

Observations

• The Hornets/Bobcats have won the past two meetings with the Hawks, but prior to that Atlanta had won 11 in a row. The Hawks have good shooters (fifth in field-goal percentage at 46.6) and make quick decisions with the ball.



• Former Wake Forest point guard Jeff Teague has emerged as a star in Atlanta, shooting 47 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.



Tap-ins

• This is the fifth game in seven nights for the Hornets, but the schedule will lighten up after this: Three days off and only one road game in two weeks.



• Power forward Marvin Williams missed Friday’s game agaainst Golden State and likely is to miss the Hawks’ game, too. He has a shoulder strain.



Did you know?

Hornets center Al Jefferson’s best game this seson was the previous matchup with the Hawks – 34 points with 15-of-24 shooting, plus nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

Rick Bonnell

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