Hornets Trending Towards a Win?
The New Orlean Hornets have lost four of their last five games. With that being said, I really like them in their upcoming game against the visiting Detroit Pistons Wednesday night.
The recent trend the Hornets have been following is to lose two straight games then win their next game. That fits perfectly with the upcoming game against the Pistons. They also have won the only two games they have played at home following losing on the road. The Pistons are visiting New Orleans Wednesday night and have not been very good on the road this year. They have a 2-9 record away from the Palace at Auburn Hills this season averaging just over 89 points per contest. New Orleans enters the game with an overall record of 13-7 and sits in third place in the southwest division standings. Defensively the Hornets have been very impressive. They are allowing 92.7 points per game and are scoring 94.9 points per game. That average goes up to just over 98 in games they play at home.
They did lose their last game at home this past Friday night against the New York Knicks 100-92. The Knicks were led by forward Amare Stoudemire and his 37 point performance. This was only the second loss at home this season for the Hornets. Division foe San Antonio defeated the Hornets the Sunday before by 10.
Detroit is a young inexperienced team that does not have a go to scorer. They spread the scoring around with five different players averaging twelve or more points per game. The Hornets have fallen short at home when their opponent has had a player step up and have strong performances.
Scoring has come easier to the Hornets at home this season. They have a shooting percentage of .474 compared to .434 on the road. The duo of Chris Paul and David West have also been more effective at home. West scores almost 3 more points and Paul dishes out close to 3 more assists per game.