It’s an interconference matchup from the Twin Cities on the NBA hardwood. The Charlotte Hornets are on the road as they travel to face the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. Charlotte fell 119-109 at home to New Orleans Sunday afternoon in their last contest. Minnesota defeated Houston 103-91 at home Monday night in their last contest. The Hornets own a 35-19 advantage in the all-time regular season series but the teams split two meetings last season, each winning at home. In the most recent meeting, the Hornets took a 118-102 home win on November 20, 2017.
Charlotte Hornets Hope to Return to .500
Charlotte dropped their second straight at home and, in the process, fell under the .500 mark on the season. The Hornets look to go on the road and get back in the win column as they continue to battle for the Southeast Division lead. Charlotte led by one after the opening quarter but was outscored 36-26 in the second quarter. The Hornets never made a serious charge in the second half as the Pelicans took care of business. Charlotte shot 42.9 percent from the field and went 10 of 36 from three point range in the contest. Frank Kaminsky led the way with 19 points and five rebounds in the loss. The Hornets are 6-4 ATS on the road this season and the under is 6-4 in those games.
The Hornets are an above average team offensively, ranking 6th in the league with 114.4 points per game. Charlotte is 21st in rebounding with 43.9 boards per game and 12th by dishing out 24.3 assists per contest. The Hornets come in ranked 15th in scoring defense by allowing 110.7 points per game. Kemba Walker leads the team with 26.5 points and 6.2 assists this season. Malik Monk puts up 10.3 points per game while Jeremy Lamb contributes 15.2 points a night while Nicolas Batum chips in nine points plus 5.4 boards a game so far this season. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller, Miles Bridges, Willy Hernangomez and Tony Parker (10.1 points, 4.5 assists) all have to contribute for Charlotte to maintain their momentum. The Hornets are tied for 11th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 46.1 percent from the floor. Charlotte is tied for 4th in the league with 12 threes per game while ranking 13th in three point shooting as they hit 35.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Minnesota Timberwolves Seek Sixth Win in Seven Games
Minnesota bounced back from a loss to Boston by downing the Rockets at home Monday night. The Timberwolves seek a sixth win in seven games here and try to climb over the .500 mark on the season. Minnesota was down 14 points at the half before storming back in the second half. The Timberwolves outscored Houston 38-20 in the third quarter to take a four point edge and opened the fourth with an 8-0 run as they kept the Rockets scoreless for the first five plus minutes. Minnesota shot 43.9 percent from the field and knocked down 11 of 22 three point attempts in the contest. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Minnesota is 8-4 ATS at home this season while the under is 7-5 in those games.
The Timberwolves come into this game 16th in scoring with 109.5 points a game. Minnesota is 20th in rebounding with 43.9 boards a night and 19th in assists by dishing out 23.1 dimes per contest. The Timberwolves are 13th in scoring defense as they allow 109.7 points per game. Karl-Anthony Towns puts up a team leading 20.7 points plus 12 rebounds per game, Jeff Teague adds 12.6 points along with 7.4 assists per contest and Andrew Wiggins chips in 15.1 points per night. Derrick Rose (18.4 points, 4.4 assists) and Taj Gibson (10.8 points, seven boards) are off to strong starts for Minnesota. Robert Covington (12.7 points, 5.6 boards), Gorgui Dieng, Dario Saric (10.8 points, six rebounds), Josh Okogie, Tyus Jones and Anthony Tolliver are going to be looked to for crucial minutes for coach Tom Thibodeau. The Timberwolves are tied for 23rd in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 44.2 percent from the floor. Minnesota is 15th in the league in threes with 10.8 per game and is 7th in the league in three point shooting as they’ve hit 36.4 percent of their attempts from downtown.
- Timberwolves are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Timberwolves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Hornets are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 vs. Western Conference foes
- Hornets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Northwest Division opponents
- Hornets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at hom