Hoping to get over their loss on Friday night, the Charlotte Hornets head to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers.
The Charlotte Hornets had two impressive wins in their last two games, but they could not come out with a victory against a weak Memphis Grizzlies team. The Hornets are hoping to get back on track against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Hornets played badly on many levels in their previous game, and this kind of play will not get a win over the 76ers. Charlotte cannot afford to shoot under 40% and commit many turnovers if they want to beat the 76ers.
The 76ers are a good team that has a lot of weapons at their disposal. The Hornets will need to figure out how to defend against Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embid.
Charlotte Hornets at Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 p.m. EST, Sunday, January 2nd, 2021
Wells Fargo Center
Fox Sports Southeast
Cody Zeller – Hand (Out)
Mike Scott – Knee (Questionable)
Things to watch for:
It will be interesting to see if Coach Borrego makes a change to the team’s starting lineup. The Hornets’ starting backcourt played poorly in their last game, and Devonte’ Graham is only averaging 6 points in his last two games.
The Hornets will need to make shots against the 76ers, so the team will need to come back from their bad loss to Memphis. The Hornets have beaten two good teams already, so this will be a game to watch since the Hornets are the projected underdogs.
Keys to the game:
The Hornets must limit the scoring of Simmons, Harris, and Embid early in this one. Allowing these players to get their numbers will hurt the Hornets and could have them playing from behind.
If it has not been stressed enough, the Hornets must make shots in this game. The 76ers can score very well, so missing ten consecutive shots would not be ideal if the Hornets want to keep up.
Finally, Charlotte must take better care of the basketball. The Hornets committed 18 turnovers in their last game, which is unacceptable. If the Hornets can handle these goals, then they should have a good chance on the road.