Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: at the Memphis Grizzlies

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, left, attempts to pass the ball around Miami Heat forward Luol Deng during Wednesday night's game at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Miami Heat 99-81.
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, left, attempts to pass the ball around Miami Heat forward Luol Deng during Wednesday night's game at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Miami Heat 99-81. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

8 p.m., FedEx Forum

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Grizzlies

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

17.4

4.0

G M. Conley

14.7

2.6

G N. Batum

16.6

6.8

G T. Allen

5.8

3.5

F P. Hairston

4.2

2.1

F J. Green

10.2

4.1

F M. Williams

10.5

7.1

F Z. Randolph

13.7

8.6

C C. Zeller

8.1

4.9

C M. Gasol

16.1

7.4

Matchup to Watch

Marc Gasol vs. Cody Zeller: Gasol is arguably the best center in the NBA. This one is a huge challenge for an emerging Zeller.

Observations

▪  The Hornets’ 13-8 record is tied for the second-best start in franchise history through 21 games.

▪  The Hornets average 9.6 3-pointers per game this season, compared to 6.1 last season.

Tap-ins

▪  The Hornets didn’t practice Thursday before flying out to Memphis.

▪  The Grizzlies swept the two-game series with the Hornets last season.

Did you know?

Matt Barnes hit a half-court shot with under two seconds left Wednesday to give the Grizzlies a one-point victory on the road versus the Detroit Pistons.

Rick Bonnell

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