atlanta hawks vs charlotte hornets predictions and preview

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NBA atlanta hawks vs charlotte hornets predictions and preview



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The Charlotte Hornets travel to State Farm Arena for a road matchup with the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday evening. The Hornets (13-11) started the season on a positive note but have since lost three consecutive games, including a 127-125 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. The Hawks (12-11) are playing excellent as of late, winning eight of their last 10 games overall. Atlanta opens this game as a slight home favorite. 

Hornets Fall to Bucks

The Hornets and Bucks played an epic matchup, with Milwaukee coming out on top 127-125 after Giannis Antetokounmpo’s bucket with 0.5 seconds remaining. LaMelo Ball made a fadeaway 3-pointer - his eighth of the game - with 5.9 seconds left to pull the Hornets even at 125. After a timeout, Jru Holliday fed Antetokounmpo near the top of the lane for the reverse left-side layup.


Ball had a career-high 36 points for the Hornets, followed by Kelly Oubre Jr. with 25 and Miles Bridges with 22 points. LaMelo hit 12 of 22 shots, including 8 of 15 from beyond the arc, along with nine assists. Charlotte entered last in scoring defense at 114.9 points per game and was without two of its better inside defenders, Cody Martin (illness) and Mason Plumlee (right calf strain). Both players are game-time decisions heading into this road tilt.


Young Leading the Hawks

After a rocky start to the season adjusting to their laundry list of injuries, the Atlanta Hawks are playing some of their best basketball of the season. They have won eight of their last 11 games and have ramped up their intensity. Although allowing 107.9 points per game (ranked 20th), they lead the NBA with the fewest number of turnovers.


Trae Young and his elite ball-handling skills are a big reason why. The third-year budding superstar is averaging 26.3 points and 9.1 assists on a rock-solid 46.6% from the field. He’s only averaging 3.82 turnovers per game, which is a big improvement from his line just a year ago. They are third in assist-turnover ratio and are sixth with a 56.5 true shooting percentage. As the season continues, look for the Hawks to get even better as they get healthier for the long mid-season grind.