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PREGAME: Wizards at Hornets

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Regular Season Game 12

Washington (6-5) at Charlotte (8-6)

November 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM
The Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
TV: CSN Washington
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

March 28, 2015 – The Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte: Hornets 110, Wizards 107 (ot)


What to watch

The New look Hornets! Nicolas Batum! Jeremy Lin! Jerememy Lamb!

Ugh….

The more stings change, the more they stay the same. Every game facing the Hornets is still the least anticipated game of the season for me personally. The Hornets still play through Big Al Jefferson in the post and still have the low percentage shooting Kemba Walker running the show. Their point guards still love settling for pull-up midrange jumpers off the dribble.

With that said….The Hornets rank FOURTH in the NBA right now in offensive rating, behind the Warriors, Thunder, and Cavs, and just ahead of the Clippers and Spurs. What?! That’s Linsanity!

(Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
(Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)


Key matchup

Wizards Depth vs. Hornets Depth.

The Hornets have six players averaging in double digits, including the Jeremy Bench Duo (Lamb and Lin). Lin is by no means the star he was for a hot second in New York, but he’s a fantastic NBA back-up point guard. He plays with confidence, swagger, and has the haircut to show for it. There is very little drop-off between the Hornets starters and their second unit.

The Wizards have gone two straight games with their bench outplaying the starters and have been the primary reason why those games were at all close. Against the Pistons, it was Nene who stole the 2nd quarter and lifted the Wizards to a double-digit lead. Last night against the Pacers, Gary Neal led all scorers with 23. But that’s just two games. With the Wizards, we never really know. Some nights Nene is in full fledged Marshawn Lynch Beast Mode, and some nights, his game speaks with the same tone as Marshawn’s new Pepsi Commercial.

Ramon Sessions always brings the effort, but often leaves his lay-up guide on the team bus. Do we really know what to expect from Garrett Temple and Gary Neal? Actually, do we even know WHO to expect in the game, between Temple and Beal?

The second units will play a big part in this game. Let’s hope it’s Beast Mode kinda night.


X-Factor

Home Court. Of the Hornets eight wins, five have been at home. It’s certainly not the atmosphere, which is generally pretty stale and dull. Still, the Hornets sport an offensive rating of 110.5 at home, compared to 100.3 on the road. That’s third best in the league for home teams.

Hyperbolically speaking, the Hornets at home are like the Golden State Warriors (yes, it’s numbers like that that make haters hate on analytics). Realistically speaking, the Hornets are just plain better at home. Let’s hope the Wizards don’t let them look like the Warriors.


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