Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets will fall to the Charlotte Hornets, the Houston Rockets will blow past the Orlando Magic, and the Dallas Mavericks will look to top the Portland Trail Blazers for the second time in 2 weeks.
The last time the Hornets won a game it was against the Nets on January 21st. 7 games later with all 7 lost, they have the chance to end this losing streak of theirs against the Nets. And they will. Brooklyn holds a 2-22 road record while Charlotte is 15-10 at home. Also, with the addition of Miles Plumlee, the Hornets have more defensive mobility compared to when they had Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes. All-Star Kemba Walker has a tendency of playing his better games at home as well so expect him to light the Nets up en route to the Hornets victory.
The Houston Rockets will host the Orlando Magic at the Toyota Center where they are 19-6. The Rockets have the 2nd highest ranked offense according to ESPN’s BPI. Meanwhile the Orlando Magic are ranked 22nd in defense on that chart and 28th in offense. With that being said, the Magic would have to somehow get hot and stay hot in order to trade buckets with the likes of James Harden and co. I think the Rockets will pull this game off with a win in double digits.
The Trail Blazers will be looking to avenge their loss to the Mavs on February 2nd. If Damian Lillard plays tonight despite the right ankle sprain he suffered Sunday versus the Thunder they will be able to achieve their vengeance. As of now he is listed as Probable. The last time they played he had an off game shooting-wise just shooting 4-20 (1-8 from 3) for just 13 points. Although, I think Damian will bounce back from that and play like the Damian that is averaging 26 ppg on 44% shooting. I think CJ McCollum will have a repeat of his previous performance against the Mavs that consisted of 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. As long as the Portland backcourt clicks offensively and the entire team maintains poise defensively they will be heading back home with a win.