Through 3 Quarters
Only one more quarter stands between the Charlotte Hornets and the win they were favored to collect going into this night. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Detroit Pistons 110-89.
Point guard LaMelo Ball has led the way so far for the Hornets, as he has shot 6-for-8 from downtown and has posted a double-double on 26 points and 12 assists along with five rebounds. This also makes it three games in a row in which Ball has had at least three steals.
Detroit has been led by small forward Saddiq Bey, who so far has 20 points in addition to four boards.
This is the first time Charlotte has been ahead going into the fourth quarter in the past seven games.
Charlotte @ Detroit
Current Records: Charlotte 28-28; Detroit 12-43
What to Know
The Charlotte Hornets have enjoyed the comforts of home their last four games, but now they must head out on the road. They will take on the Detroit Pistons at 7 p.m. ET Friday at Little Caesars Arena. Bragging rights belong to Charlotte for now since they're up 17-5 across their past 22 matchups.
The game between the Hornets and the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday was not a total blowout, but with Charlotte falling 121-109 at home, it was darn close to turning into one. Charlotte's loss came about despite a quality game from point guard LaMelo Ball, who shot 5-for-10 from beyond the arc and finished with 33 points, five dimes and nine rebounds.
Meanwhile, Detroit was expected to have a tough go of it on Thursday, and that's exactly how things played out. Their bruising 132-107 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies might stick with them for a while. Power forward Jerami Grant (20 points) was the top scorer for Detroit.
Charlotte is the favorite in this one, with an expected 6.5-point margin of victory. Those sticking with them against the spread have guts, to put it politely, as the squad has let down bettors in their past four games.
The Hornets are now 28-28 while the Pistons sit at 12-43. A couple offensive stats to keep an eye on: Charlotte enters the matchup with 113.3 points per game on average, good for third best in the league. Less enviably, Detroit has only been able to knock down 42% percent of their shots, which is the second lowest field goal percentage in the league. So the cards are definitely stacked against Detroit.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 7 p.m. ET
- Where: Little Caesars Arena -- Detroit, Michigan
- TV: Bally Sports SE Charlotte
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $20.16
The Hornets are a solid 6.5-point favorite against the Pistons, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 6.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
Charlotte have won 17 out of their last 22 games against Detroit.
- Jan 05, 2022 - Charlotte 140 vs. Detroit 111
- May 04, 2021 - Charlotte 102 vs. Detroit 99
- May 01, 2021 - Charlotte 107 vs. Detroit 94
- Mar 11, 2021 - Charlotte 105 vs. Detroit 102
- Feb 10, 2020 - Charlotte 87 vs. Detroit 76
- Nov 29, 2019 - Charlotte 110 vs. Detroit 107
- Nov 27, 2019 - Charlotte 102 vs. Detroit 101
- Nov 15, 2019 - Charlotte 109 vs. Detroit 106
- Apr 07, 2019 - Charlotte 104 vs. Detroit 91
- Dec 21, 2018 - Charlotte 98 vs. Detroit 86
- Dec 12, 2018 - Charlotte 108 vs. Detroit 107
- Nov 11, 2018 - Charlotte 113 vs. Detroit 103
- Feb 25, 2018 - Charlotte 114 vs. Detroit 98
- Jan 15, 2018 - Charlotte 118 vs. Detroit 107
- Oct 18, 2017 - Detroit 102 vs. Charlotte 90
- Feb 23, 2017 - Detroit 114 vs. Charlotte 108
- Jan 05, 2017 - Detroit 115 vs. Charlotte 114
- Dec 07, 2016 - Charlotte 87 vs. Detroit 77
- Nov 29, 2016 - Detroit 112 vs. Charlotte 89
- Mar 25, 2016 - Detroit 112 vs. Charlotte 105
- Mar 11, 2016 - Charlotte 118 vs. Detroit 103
- Dec 07, 2015 - Charlotte 104 vs. Detroit 84
Injury Report for Detroit
- Jamorko Pickett: Game-Time Decision (Toe)
- Marvin Bagley III: Out (Ankle)
- Isaiah Livers: Out (Foot)
Injury Report for Charlotte
- Cody Martin: Out (Achilles)
- Jalen McDaniels: Out (Ankle)
- Gordon Hayward: Out (Ankle)