Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: versus Philadelphia 76ers

Small forward Nicolas Batum (5) is coming off his second triple-double as a Charlotte Hornet Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Small forward Nicolas Batum (5) is coming off his second triple-double as a Charlotte Hornet Tuesday in Philadelphia. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Sixers

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

21.0

4.4

G I. Smith

14.9

4.2

G C. Lee

9.7

3.3

G I. Canaan

10.8

2.2

F N. Batum

15.3

6.3

F H. Thompson

9.7

3.7

F M. Williams

11.5

6/7

F R. Covington

12.2

6.1

C C. Zeller

9.0

6.3

C C. Landry

8.9

3.7

Matchup to Watch

Nic Batum vs. Hollis Thompson: Batum is coming off a triple-double, his second as a Hornet, in Tuesday’s road game against these same Sixers.

Observations

▪  The Sixers played Tuesday without the injured Nerlens Noel, Jerami Grant and Richaun Holmes. The Sixers list Noel as questionable and did not list Grant as injured. Holmes is out.

▪  The Hornets are closing in on clinching their third playoff berth since the NBA returned to Charlotte in 2004.

Tap-ins

▪  Hornets reserve guard Jeremy Lin sat out Tuesday’s game with a sore lower back. He practiced Thursday, but said he won’t know if he’s well enough to play until Friday.

▪ This is one of just three remaining home games. Each is against a team eliminated from playoff contention (Nets and Magic after this).

Did you know?

The Sixers have won once – against the Brooklyn Nets – since the All-Star Break in mid-February.

Rick Bonnell

 
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