Oklahoma City plays Charlotte, seeks 6th straight home win

March 27, 2023 GMT

Charlotte Hornets (25-51, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (37-38, 10th in the Western Conference)

Oklahoma City; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City hosts Charlotte aiming to prolong its five-game home winning streak.

The Thunder have gone 22-15 at home. Oklahoma City is 19-13 in games decided by at least 10 points.

The Hornets have gone 12-27 away from home. Charlotte ranks ninth in the NBA with 11.2 offensive rebounds per game led by Nick Richards averaging 2.3.

The teams square off for the second time this season. In the last meeting on Dec. 30 the Hornets won 121-113 led by 27 points from LaMelo Ball, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 28 points for the Thunder.

TOP PERFORMERS: Josh Giddey is shooting 48.6% and averaging 16.3 points for the Thunder. Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 25.8 points over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.

Terry Rozier is averaging 21.1 points and 5.1 assists for the Hornets. P.J. Washington is averaging 16.8 points and 5.7 rebounds over the last 10 games for Charlotte.

LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 6-4, averaging 110.4 points, 43.8 rebounds, 21.3 assists, 7.7 steals and 2.8 blocks per game while shooting 43.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.8 points per game.

Hornets: 5-5, averaging 106.8 points, 42.3 rebounds, 25.7 assists, 7.2 steals and 6.3 blocks per game while shooting 46.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.9 points.

INJURIES: Thunder: Chet Holmgren: out for season (foot), Lindy Waters III: out (foot), Kenrich Williams: out for season (wrist).

Hornets: LaMelo Ball: out for season (ankle), Kelly Oubre Jr.: day to day (shoulder), Terry Rozier: day to day (foot), Cody Martin: out (knee).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.