Charlotte Hornets(4-13; 2-2 in Southeast Division Play) vs. Atlanta Hawks(8-6; 2-1 in Southeast Division play)
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Radio: WFNZ-AM(610 The Fan)
Last meeting: Charlotte 122, Atlanta 119(November 7th at Charlotte)
Series history(since original Hornets first season in 1988-89): ATL leads series 55-43
The struggle bus has been a rough one for the Charlotte Hornets over the last few weeks, as they come in with a 8-game losing streak entering tonight's road contest in Atlanta against the Hawks. The last time these two teams got together in the first match-up of the "Interstate Series", the Hornets and Hawks would rage on back and forth until Lance Stephenson would nail home a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Charlotte Hornets a 122-119 win over Atlanta in double overtime back on November 7th at "The Hive". The Hornets are hoping that their long losing skid does come to an end tonight in Atlanta against a Hawks team that always like to give teams a run for their money.
Scouting the Hornets
If you haven't been following the struggles of the Charlotte Hornets for almost the last few weeks, then you know what the result is: loss after loss after loss. Charlotte is currently in last place in the Southeast Division, and they come into this game losers of 8 straight, with the most recent defeat coming last night at Time Warner Cable Arena as Golden State came away with a 105-101 win over the Hornets. With injuries taking a toll on the team, some think Hornets head coach Steve Clifford could be on the "Hot Seat", and the Hornets are hoping that they can put an end to this long losing skid tonight in Atlanta as they face the Hawks.
Scouting the Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks got back on the right track last night at Philips Arena as they cruised to a 100-91 win over the New Orleans Pelicans behind Jeff Teague's 26 point outing to lead Atlanta. Teague is of course one of the Hawks many star players that can light up the scoreboard each night, along with Al Horford, Paul Millsap, and three-point specialist Kyle Korver. Charlotte must try to contain the three tonight, as the Hawks are out for some revenge after what Lance Stephenson did to them back on November 7th in Charlotte, as they welcome in the Hornets to the "Highlight Factory" for another "Interstate Series" match-up tonight.
Next 4 games for the Hornets(Home games in Purple, Road games in Teal)
Wednesday: Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m.)
Friday: New York Knicks vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m.)
December 10th: Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m.)
December 12th: Charlotte @ Memphis Grizzlies(8:00 p.m.)
NOTES: All SportSouth telecasts begin with "Hornets Live" 30 minutes before tip-off; All Hornets games can be heard locally on flagship station WFNZ-AM (610 The Fan) and throughout the Carolinas on the Hornets Radio Network.