The NBA will have 11 games on its schedule on Wednesday night, including the Hornets at Timberwolves. It is their second and final meeting of the year. Minnesota won the first meeting 121–99 back in late October. Tip-off is set for 8pm on Wednesday.
Hornets in a Rebuild
The Charlotte Hornets have struggled in the post-Kemba Walker era. Going into Wednesday’s game, they’re just 17–36 on the season and 5.5 games back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. On the bright side, they broke a five-game losing streak on Monday with a win over Detroit on the road.
Clipboard Conversations: Coach Borrego shares his excitement about seeing @MilesBridges, @Devonte4graham, and @PJWashington in the #NBAAllStar Rising Stars game on Friday— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) February 12, 2020
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While they didn’t make any trades at the deadline, they did make some moves that set them up to rebuild their team. Charlotte waived Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams, two guys who had extended stays with the franchise. Williams was in Charlotte for the last six seasons while Kidd-Gilchrist spent all eight years of his career with the franchise.
Although they have the worst offense in the NBA, Charlotte has some nice pieces that they’ll build around, namely Devonte’ Graham, a rookie that’s leading the team in scoring, second-year player Miles Bridges, and big free-agent signing Terry Rozier. All three players are averaging in double figures.
Wolves Made a Major Deadline Move
The Minnesota Timberwolves made the playoffs two seasons ago but the team they currently have is almost entirely different. Karl-Anthony Towns is the only main contributor left, and they have made moves to make him the centerpiece of the team. Most notably, they made a big splash at the trade deadline by trading longtime swingman Andrew Wiggins to the Warriors in exchange for D’Angelo Russell, who’s a much better fit next to Towns.
New Wolves 🐺🐺🐺 pic.twitter.com/th9hjBAI9e— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 12, 2020
Although they lost, Russell has 22 points in his Timberwolves debut on an efficient 7-for-12 shooting performance. With Golden State, Russell was averaging a career-best 23.6 points per game, and last year, he made his first NBA All-Star appearance.
Minnesota started the season 15–22 before completely falling apart. They have gone 1–14 in their last 15 games, including a 13-game losing streak between January 11th and February 8th.
- 9-24-1 ATS in their last 34 games overall.
- 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 home games.
- 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games playing on 1 days rest.
- 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS loss.
- 11-1 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- 21-6 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.