Hornets play the Rockets in non-conference action
Houston Rockets (11-11, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (11-13, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
Charlotte; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Charlotte Hornets take on the Houston Rockets in non-conference action.
The Hornets have gone 6-7 at home. Charlotte averages 28.1 assists per game to lead the Eastern Conference, paced by LaMelo Ball with 6.0.
The Rockets are 6-6 in road games. Houston is fifth in the Western Conference allowing only 108.9 points while holding opponents to 44.5% shooting.
The matchup Monday is the first meeting this season between the two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Gordon Hayward is averaging 23.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Hornets. Cody Zeller is averaging 8.7 rebounds and 9.9 points per game over the last 10 games for Charlotte.
Victor Oladipo is averaging 19.4 points and 5.1 assists for the Rockets. Eric Gordon is averaging three made 3-pointers and scoring 21 points over the last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Hornets: 5-5, averaging 114.5 points, 43.2 rebounds, 27.3 assists, 6.7 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 45.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.3 points on 48.4% shooting.
Rockets: 7-3, averaging 112 points, 45.9 rebounds, 23.4 assists, 8.4 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 44.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.4 points on 42.8% shooting.
INJURIES: Hornets: Devonte’ Graham: day to day (groin).
Rockets: Dante Exum: out (calf), Christian Wood: out (ankle).