The Charlotte Hornets hit the road for a clash with the Detroit Pistons. The Hornets are (16-36), coming off a 116-100 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Pistons are (19-36), after falling at home to the New York Knicks, 95-92.
In the Hornets loss to the Mavericks, Charlotte was led throughout the game by Devonte’ Graham. Graham secured a double-double, totaling 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 10 assists. The Hornets shot 44% from the floor and 31% from 3-point distance. The Hornets were poor in defending the 3, allowing Dallas to connect 17 times. Charlotte was out scored from long range, 54 to 33. The Hornets were out scored in the 1st quarter,31-10.
In the Pistons loss to the Knicks, Detroit was guided offensively by Christian Wood. Wood registered a double-double, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Pistons connected on 49% from the floor and 45% from 3-point range. The Pistons were smoked on the boards, being out rebounded 47 to 28. Detroit committed 16 turnovers in the loss.
Charlotte Hornets at Detroit Pistons Head to Head
The Pistons and the Charlotte Hornets have played 114 games in the regular season with 58 victories for the Pistons and 56 for the Hornets. The Hornets have controlled this series, having won 9 of the last 10 matchups.
Charlotte Hornets at Detroit Pistons Stats
While the Pistons traded away their biggest star as a sign that the full rebuild was on, the Hornets decided to simply buy out a couple of veterans as a show of good will. Even before that move, however, Charlotte was dedicating more and more playing time to the youth on its roster. Of the eight players who have seen the most action in the past 10 games, only one, Cody Zeller(27) is older than 25 years old. The Hornets are giving the lions share of the workload to Devonte Graham, Terry Rozier, Miles Bridges, PJ Washington, Malik Monk, Willy Hernangomez and Cody Martin.
The Hornets could use a win in the worst way. If you look up the definition of “reeling” in the dictionary there’s a picture of the Charlotte Hornets next to the entry. This young Hornets squad has lost 13 of their last 14 games and need a confidence building win. One reason for hope is the recent play of second-year forward Miles Bridges who has averaged 21 points and nearly nine rebounds over Charlotte’s last four games.
The Charlotte Hornets come into this game on a five game losing streak that has put them twenty games below the .500 mark. They are down in thirteenth in the East and are struggling mightily on defense. Through this five game losing streak, the Hornets have given up more than 110 points in each of those games. With the worst scoring offense in the entire NBA, a lax defense is not an option for the Hornets. They average just 103.0 points per game so allowing 110+ is a death sentence for this team. A slight silver lining here is that Detroit has not been strong offensively in their last four games, scoring 82, 116, 101, and 92.
The Detroit Pistons have been plagued by injuries this season and it is really showing in their offense and rebounding lately. Most concerning, they were held to just 92 points and were outworked on the glass against a below average Knicks team. With it unlikely that Derrick Rose or Makieff Morris will play on Monday and Blake Griffin out until summer, scoring is hard to come by for Detroit. Reggie Jackson has stepped up in their absences. He averages 15.8 points and 4.9 assists per game through his 12 appearances. In that Knicks game, Jackson put up 20 points with 9 assists and he will have to be on top of things to cope with a shallow offense.
Charlotte Hornets at Detroit Pistons News
Missing players Hornets: Nicolas Batum (Illness) and Cody Martin (Concussion) are out indefinitely.
Missing players Pistons: Luke Kennard (Knee), Blake Griffin (Knee) and Svi Mykhailiuk (Hip) are out injured. Derrick Rose (Abdominal) and Brandon Knight (Knee) are questionable.
Charlotte Hornets at Detroit Pistons Odds
Spread: + 2.5 Hornets
Charlotte Hornets at Detroit Pistons Predictions
Both teams have been scuffling to say the least, as Charlotte has lost 9 of their last 10, while the Pistons have lost 8 of 10. The Hornets have controlled this series, having won 9 of the last 10 matchups. Charlotte doesn’t have a great scoring offense, averaging less than 103 per game, that ranks 30th. Detroit is scoring 108.5 per contest, while having the 5th best 3-point percentage. The Hornets rank 19th in defending the 3. I’ll side with the Pistons at home, as Detroit should see some open looks from distance. Final score prediction, Pistons will win and cover.