Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: vs. Detroit Pistons

Charlotte Hornets’ Nicolas Batum (5) takes a shot against the Detroit Pistons' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, during a preseason game in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Charlotte Hornets’ Nicolas Batum (5) takes a shot against the Detroit Pistons' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, during a preseason game in Auburn Hills, Mich. AP

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Pistons

Pos, Player

Ppg

Rpg

Pos, Player

Ppg

Rpg

G K. Walker

17.6

3.7

G R. Jackson

19.9

4.3

G N. Batum

17.2

6.6

G K C-Pope

12.9

3.2

F P. Hairston

3.9

2.1

F Ma. Morris

14.3

6.4

F M. Williams

9.9

7.1

F E. Ilyasova

10.4

3.6

C C. Zeller

7.4

5.1

C A. Drummond

18.6

16.7

Matchup to Watch

Andre Drummond vs. Cody Zeller/Spencer Hawes: Drummond is having a fantastic season so far. This is a game when the Hornets could really miss the injured Al Jefferson.

Observations

▪  Close friends Steve Clifford and Stan Van Gundy do not enjoy having to coach against each other several times a season. Clifford was an assistant on Van Gundy’s staff in Orlando.

▪  Drummond’s 256 rebounds in November was a remarkable feat.

Tap-ins

▪  Hornets guard Nic Batum has made a 3-pointer in his last 14 games.

▪  This is the second game on back-to-back nights for the Pistons, who had a home game Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Did you know?

The Pistons are first in the NBA in total rebound percentage at 53.5 percent this season. The Hornets are 21st at 49.1 percent.

Rick Bonnell

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