Fixture: Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Hornets
Date & Time: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. ET (Wednesday 12 A.M GMT)
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
The Washington Wizards join this match third in the NBA in scoring offense as they put up an average of 118.2 points per game. Bradley Beal helps the team with 28 points and seven assists per game for the season. On the other hand, Isaiah Thomas puts up 12.6 points plus 5.1 assists a night. The Wizards are also helped by the rookie Rui Hachimura as he adds 14.2 points and 5.8 boards on average. The Power Forwards Davis Bertans (14.9 points) as well as Moritz Wagner (11.8 points), and Center Thomas Bryant (13.9 points, 8.5 rebounds) are all putting up double figures on average. The Wizards are banged up at the moment as Bryant is out with a stress fracture of his foot. The Wizards are 10th in the league in shooting the ball from beyond the three-point line per game. Their three-point field goal is 37.2%.
Charlotte Hornets come into this game after losing two straight matches. The Hornets began their Monday’s game 10th in the Eastern Conference, 12 games behind the leaders Milwaukee Bucks. Charlotte is currently 10th in the Eastern Conference. After Sunday’s game, the Hornets were leading by three points after the first quarter. Although, by half time, their lead was cut short to just 1 point. The game was balanced at 73 with barely over four minutes left to play in the third quarter. The Hornets lost after giving up an 11-2 run to trail by nine. The Hornets shot 11 of 31 from downtown and left Atlanta to execute a 48.4 percent in the competition.
Injury Updates and Team News-
Injuries- Isiah Thomas(Calf injury), C.J. Miles(Wrist injury), Jordan McRae(Pin in the right finger), Thomas Bryant(Stress reaction in right foot)
Expected lineup- Rui Hachimura, Isaac Bonga, Moritz Wagner, Bradley Beal, and Ish Smith
Injuries- No injuries
Expected lineup- Miles Bridges, PJ Washington, Bismack Biyombo, Terry Rozier, and Devonte’ Graham
The Wizards have lost 2 straight games in a row. The Hornets’ record has been the same, but only in 4 of the last 5 matches. The Wizards have one of the best offenses in the NBA. They average over 118 per game, ranking 3rd. Their major issue has been the defense as they have been giving up 122.5 per game. That record ranks them 30th in the league. The Hornets are also conceding almost 113 per game at home court. The battle of Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Hornets will be an interesting one. Although, Washington seems to have an edge over the Charlotte in this one even after facing a few injuries.