Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday

Hornets at Trail Blazers

10 p.m., Moda Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Hornets Blazers
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 15.4 4.3 D. Lillard 17.4 5.4
G, L. Stephenson 8 10.4 W. Matthews 17.7 4.1
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9.4 5.6 N. Batum 9 7.7
F M. Williams 8.3 4.1 L. Aldridge 22.9 7.1
C, A. Jefferson 22.7 7.4 R. Lopez 12.7 8

Matchup to Watch

LaMarcus Aldridge vs. Marvin Williams: Aldridge can beat you in so many different ways. Williams will need to be at his best defensively, as will Cody Zeller.

Observations

• The Blazers have won in Portland every year in this series since 2008, including last season’s 30-point blowout.



• Blazers management must like its team a lot coming off a 54-victory season – it brought back 13 players.



Tap-ins

• Blazers guard Wesley Matthews is a big-time 3-point threat. His 201 3s last season were fifth-most in the NBA.



• Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum is listed as questionable with a knee contusion.



Did you know?

Williams is the only NBA player who has started at least five games this season without taking a free throw. That’s nearly 200 minutes without a trip to the line.

Rick Bonnell

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