Brooklyn Nets vs Charlotte Hornets

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-0) vs. Charlotte Hornets (0-1)

The Brooklyn Nets look to remain undefeated when they travel to take on the Charlotte Hornets. Brooklyn earned their second victory of the season when they defeated the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day, 123-95. The Hornets dropped their opening contest, falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 121-114.

Brooklyn won the most recent contest between the teams, defeating Charlotte in February, 115-86. The Nets have won three of the last four games and six of the last 10. Brooklyn is favored by eight in this game.

Irving Leads Nets to Victory

Kyrie Irving scored 37 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 123-95 victory over the Boston Celtics. Irving combined with Kevin Durant to score 66 points in keeping Brooklyn undefeated.Brooklyn had a big night from three-point range, hitting 15 or 29 shots from beyond the arc. Irving was deadly, hitting seven of 10 as part of a 13 for 21 night from the field. Durant was three of four from three-point range and hit nine of 16 shots overall.

Through the first two games, Irving is averaging 31.5 points and Durant is close behind at 25.5. Irving is off to a fast start, averaging five boards and six assists per game. Jarrett Allen DeAndre Jordan leads the team in rebounds, each averaging 9.0 per game.

Brooklyn has been awesome early on. They are third in the NBA in scoring at 124.0 and third in least points allowed at 97.0. The team is third in shooting at 46.9% and sixth in free-throw shooting at 82.5%.

Hot Shooting Stings Hornets

The Cleveland Cavaliers shot nearly 53% from the field in their 121-114 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. The Cavaliers rode a 20-point advantage in the second quarter to victory, holding off the Hornets, who outscored Cleveland by 14 in the second half.Despite the loss, Terry Rozier had a huge opening night. The point guard scored 42, going 15 of 23 from the field and was an impressive 10 of 16 from the three-point range. Devonte Graham added 10 points and 10 assists, and Gordon Hayward scored 28, connecting on 11 of 18 shots.

The 29 assists by the Hornets is second in the NBA. They took 44 three-point attempts, third in the league, hitting on 36.4% of their shots from beyond the arc. Rebounding was a serious issue, as Charlotte pulled down just 32 rebounds in the opener.