Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Preview
Detroit at Charlotte
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Hornets are about to begin their longest homestand of the season and are hoping to use it as a springboard up the standings. The Hornets come into the stretch hot and will try to push their current winning streak to three straight when they host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

Charlotte's scoring comes mostly from the backcourt, but the team was able to easily push aside New York in a 119-107 road win on Sunday thanks to its efforts on the inside, where it won the rebounding battle and outscored the Knicks 54-40 in the paint. "I think our defense overall was solid tonight," Hornets coach James Borrego told reporters after the victory. "We wanted to win the paint. This is a very good rebounding team. We won the paint and won the boards tonight and kept them off those second-chance points, so that was an emphasis going into the game and we delivered. I thought the guys were great from start to finish. It was a good team win." The Pistons are strong on the interior with center Andre Drummond and power forward Blake Griffin but are streaking in the wrong direction with five straight losses after rattling off wins in nine of the previous 11. "We are trying to get every bit of positive out of this stretch," Detroit coach Dwane Casey told reporters. "This is the stretch from hell, but again this is going to make us a better team, closer together, tougher hopefully. It should make us tougher because this feeling doesn’t feel good and I told our players, 'The only people who can pick ourselves out by the bootstraps are ourselves.'"

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, FS Southeast (Charlotte)

ABOUT THE PISTONS (13-12): Detroit gave Griffin a night off on Monday and added swingman Luke Kennard to the starting lineup, which proved to be one of the few bright spots. Kennard averaged 2.3 points in his first four games after missing 16 with a shoulder injury but broke out for a career-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting in 37 minutes on Monday. "I've been struggling since I got back," Kennard told reporters. "My coaches and teammates told me to stay confident, stay aggressive, so that was my mindset coming into it. We knew we had some guys out, so we took the opportunity to just play hard and just try to get a rhythm back."

ABOUT THE HORNETS (13-13): All-Star guard Kemba Walker (25.8 points) leads the team in scoring but backcourt mate Jeremy Lamb is beginning to assert himself and is averaging a career-best 15.1 points after scoring 19 on 8-of-12 shooting Sunday. "Lamb, he's just getting more comfortable as a secondary ball handler," Borrego told reporters. "He's our second-leading scorer and getting to the rim. He's scoring for us when we go dry at times." Veteran point guard Tony Parker is coming off the bench behind Walker and Lamb and scored in double figures in four of the last five contests.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Hornets C Cody Zeller went 5-of-5 from the floor on Sunday and is shooting 57.8 percent on the season.

2. Pistons SG Reggie Bullock (ankle) and SF Stanley Johnson (knee) are questionable for Wednesday.

3. Walker and Parker scored 24 points apiece in a 113-103 win at Detroit on Nov. 11.

PREDICTION: Hornets 106, Pistons 101
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Detroit 13-12 L5 9-6 4-6 1-3 12-9 4-1 10-9
Charlotte 13-13 W2 9-5 4-8 1-1 12-12 5-1 12-8
Last Meeting
Detroit Charlotte
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/11/18 CHA 113 DET 103 103 51 36.5 113 46 50.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Detroit R. Bullock 23 53.8 3
Charlotte T. Parker 24 61.1 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Detroit A. Drummond 22 9 13
Charlotte N. Batum 8 0 8
Assists Player  
Detroit R. Jackson 7
Charlotte K. Walker 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Detroit B. Griffin 676 47.1 157
Charlotte K. Walker 744 43.7 158
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Detroit A. Drummond 458 175 283
Charlotte N. Batum 170 32 138
Assists Player  
Detroit B. Griffin 129
Charlotte K. Walker 174
Quickchart Matchup
Detroit Detroit Off vs  Charlotte Charlotte Defense
Detroit Off vs Charlotte - Points For 109.1 Points For
Detroit Off vs Charlotte - Points Against 110.8 Points Against
Detroit - FG% 43.2 FG%
Charlotte - FG% 45.9 FG%
Detroit - Reb 47.5 Reb
Charlotte - Reb 46.3 Reb
Charlotte Charlotte Off vs  Detroit Detroit Defense
Charlotte Off vs Detroit - Points For 114.2 Points For
Charlotte Off vs Detroit - Points Against 110.3 Points Against
Charlotte - FG% 45.7 FG%
Detroit - FG% 46.7 FG%
Charlotte - Reb 43.8 Reb
Detroit - Reb 44.8 Reb