Rockets vs Hornets: Charlotte Hornets may seem like a good game to get back on track, but recently, the Hornets have made life difficult for good teams. After the victory in Toronto, the Hornets lost to the Bucks, Spurs and Nuggets, all by a single digit. Right now, Charlotte is behind Orlando by 6 matches for eighth place in the Eastern Conference and probably out of time. However, they can play a spoiler, and rockets have proven that they can lose to anyone, especially on the road.
Also, today’s game is an early tip that doesn’t bode well for the Rockets, as they have historically been a slow team, even in prime time games. So if the missiles start slowly again, they may face a third defeat in a row and suddenly turn into a game to fall to seventh place in the West.
This is a match-match on deciduous trees between pairs of teams in different situations regarding the playoffs picture in Buzz City. Houston Missiles are on the road when they travel to meet Charlotte Hornets on Saturday afternoon. Houston was thrown back at 120-105 at home as a weak home defender against the Clippers on Thursday night. Charlotte fell 114-112 at home in Denver, although on Thursday night they lost 9.5 points. The Rockets have a team lead of 46–14 in a series of regular championships of all time and have won the last seven meetings, including a victory with a score of 125–110, as a favorite of 13 points at the first meeting this season on February 4.
Houston suffered a second loss in a row after a series of victories from six games, as on Thursday night they were defeated at home. The Rockets entered Friday, leading the Southwest Division in two games for the Mavericks in the standings. In the standings of the Western Conference, the team takes fourth place in the playoffs, 8.5 games behind the Lakers for first place. Houston was wounded early and could not recover, as they lasted 10 after the first quarter and 23 in half. Missiles did not come closer than 14 to the path to defeat. Houston shot from the field only 36.1 percent, including the gloomy seven of 42 from a three-point range, and lost a rebound in the battle 57-51 in the game. Russell Westbrook led the Rockets with 29 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in the loser.
The rockets enter this competition second in the league with 118.7 points per game of the season. Houston takes 13th place in the rebound, collecting 45.3 boards per night, while they take 29th place in programs with 21.4 cents per competition. Double-counted missiles take the 23rd place in defense, since they give an average of 114.3 points per game per year. James Harden leads the team with 34.6 points plus 7.3 assists in the night of the season. Russell Westbrook puts 27.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and seven assists per night. PJ Tucker (7.3 points, 6.9 rebounds), Eric Gordon (14.5 points) and Danuel House Jr. (10.5 points) made a significant contribution. Austin Rivers, Ben McLemore (10 points), Robert Covington, Tyson Chandler, as well as the recently signed Jeff Green and Demarr Carroll are key figures in the rotation for coach Mike D’Antoni. Houston is ranked 22nd in terms of goals, as they shoot 45.3% as a team from the floor. Missiles are the first in the top three for the game, as they knock down 15.5 triples per night and stand 21st in three-point shooting, hitting only 34.9 percent from behind the arc. Gordon left the game against Clippers on March 5th with a sore knee, and his status should be monitored.
Charlotte fought to the end, but ended up at the wrong end of the single-possession game for the second match in a row when they fell to Denver. They made cover for the fifth consecutive game as a loser and performed it in eight of their last 10 as a loser with five direct wins. Hornets fourth in the Southeast Division, 19 games after high heat for first place. In the picture of the playoffs of the Eastern Conference, the team takes 10th place in the standings, six games behind Magic for the final place of the playoffs. Charlotte, led by three after the first quarter, lagged nine in half and led by two after three quarters. The Hornets, led by 8:37, played only to turn in the winning bucket from 5.1 seconds to the end. Charlotte shot 49.4 percent from the field, including 13 out of 33 from three-point range, but allowed Denver to shoot 53 percent from the floor. Devonte Graham topped the Hornets with 24 points and seven assists in a loss.