Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets - Utah Jazz Saturday preview

Hornets vs. Jazz

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Matchup to Watch

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Gordon Hayward: The Hornets were prepared to spend a bundle to sign Hayward over the summer, but the Jazz chose to match a four-year, $63 million offer sheet. Hayward is a big-time scorer/shotmaker. Kidd-Gilchrist is the Hornets’ top defender.

Observations

• The Jazz hired former Duke point guard Quin Snyder as their head coach. Snyder’s specialty is all sorts of sophisticated pick-and-rolls. The then-Bobcats considered Snyder for their past two head-coach openings.



• Al Jefferson was available in free-agency two summers ago because the Jazz decided to rebuild, not re-signing Jefferson and Paul Millsap.



Tap-ins

• This is the second night of back-to-back games for both teams. The Jazz was at the Magic, the Hornets at the 76ers.



• This is another busy stretch for the Hornets, with four games in five nights before Christmas.



Did you know?

Entering Friday’s game, the Hornets were averaging the fewest turnovers in the league at 11 per game. They committed seven or fewer in eight of their previous 14 games.

Projected Starters

Hornets Jazz
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 15.8 4.3 G T. Burke 11.3 2.3
G, G. Henderson 7.7 2.2 G A. Burks 13.8 4.2
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 8.9 5.1 F G. Hayward 19.1 4.5
F, C. Zeller 7.9 5.2 F D. Favors 15.6 8.1
C, A. Jefferson 19.2 8.0 C E. Kanter 14.7 7.2

Rick Bonnell

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