Thursday, March 30, 2023

NBA Preview: Charlotte Hornets (21-46) at Detroit Pistons (15-51)

On Tuesday, the Detroit Pistons almost made up for the absence of numerous starters and second-team players. Their ninth consecutive loss was the final outcome.

They’ll hope to end the slide when they have the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.

Their home game against Washington was tied in the last moment, however the Cylinders permitted two exorbitant hostile bounce back and the Wizards won 119-117 on Daniel Gafford’s putback at the signal.

During the current skid, it was Detroit’s sixth loss by six or fewer points.

Bojan Bogdanovic (Achilles), Alec Burks (foot), Jalen Duren (ankle), Killian Hayes (hand), Hamidou Diallo (ankle), and Isaiah Stewart (hip) were among Detroit’s injured players. In November, franchise player Cade Cunningham suffered a shin injury that ended his season.

After spraining his ankle in Monday’s loss to Portland, Diallo will miss the remainder of the season.

With 26 points and 12 assists, rookie guard Jaden Ivey kept the Pistons in the game. James Wiseman scored 21 points after being acquired at the trade deadline last month.

On a 10-day contract, Eugene Omoruyi scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. 11 points were scored by R.J. Hampton, who signed with the team on February 23 after Orlando released him.

Detroit’s last victory came on February 10, when it beat San Antonio in double overtime. The Cylinders are 2-12 starting from the start of February, with the other triumph coming against the Hornets.

In that 118-112 win at home, Ivey scored 24 points. On February 27, the Hornets won 117-106 at home to avenge that defeat. That evening, Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball broke his right ankle.

Detroit holds a 2-1 lead over the season series overall.

On Tuesday, Charlotte ended a losing streak of three games and ended the New York Knicks’ winning streak of nine games. In the Hornets’ 112-105 victory, Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 27 points.

In the second half, Charlotte outscored the Knicks 62-39. Terry Rozier contributed 25 points and seven assists for the Hornets, and Gordon Hayward contributed 23 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.

Charlotte had 12 turnovers to Charlotte’s 27 assists.

Eagle Eye Sports Monitor

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