Steve Mitchell, USA Today Sports

The Charlotte Hornets travel to Atlanta Hawks in Southeast showdown

Charlotte looks to rebound in Atlanta against the defending Southeast Division champions

Game 2 Preview: Charlotte at Atlanta

Charlotte (0-1) will battle defending Southeast Division champion Atlanta (1-1) Friday at Philips Arena, the second of a two-game road swing to open the campaign. Tip off is set for 8 p.m.

The Hornets have lost 14 out of their last 16 contests against the Hawks on the road. Charlotte’s last win Atlanta came on April 14, 2014, a 95-93 victory.

Atlanta rebounded from a 12-point loss at home to Detroit in its season opener to defeat the New York Knicks, 112-101, at Madison Square Garden Thursday. The Hawks won 60 games last season under head coach Mike Budenholzer to earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta reached the conference finals before being swept by Cleveland.

Through two games, the Hawks are led in scoring by Jeff Teague at 20 points per game with Al Horford right behind at 18.5 per contest. Atlanta has five players averaging in double figures, including Dennis Schroder and Paul Millsap who have combined for 31.5 points per outing. Millsap also leads the team with 9.5 rebounds per game.

The Hornets dropped the season opener, 104-94, at Miami Wednesday. A Heat 26-6 run in the second quarter cancelled out a seven-point lead for the Hornets and Charlotte dropped its 14th straight game at American Airlines Arena.

The hope going into the season was that Charlotte would improve its three-point shooting and during the preseason things looked promising. The Hornets slumped back to last year’s levels against the Heat, finishing only 6-for-24 (25 percent) from behind the arc. Charlotte shot 39.2 percent (33-84) from the floor and hit 76 percent (22-29) of its free throws in the 10-point loss.

Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 19 points in nearly 35 minutes of action. Al Jefferson shined with 17 points prior to intermission before sitting most of the second half as Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford elected to go with a smaller lineup. Jeremy Lin added 17 points off the bench in his first game with the Hornets.

Jeremy Lamb participated in Charlotte’s shootaround on Friday and there is “a good chance that he is available” according the Charlotte Hornets’ public relations official Twitter. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) is out for the season and Troy Daniels (left hamstring) is listed as questionable

For Atlanta, both Kyle Korver and Mike Muscala are out with ankle injuries. Thabo Sefolosha also has an ankle issue and is listed by the team as probable.

Charlotte Projected Starters (preseason stats)

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Kemba Walker

6-1

13.4

G

Nicolas Batum

6-8

13.0

F

P.J. Hairston

6-6

6.2

F

Marvin Williams

6-9

6.1

C

Al Jefferson

6-10

11.2



Atlanta Projected Starters (season stats)

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Jeff Teague

6-2

20.5

G

Dennis Schroder

6-1

2.5

F

Kent Bazemore

6-5

16.5

F

Paul Millsap

6-8

15.0

C

Al Horford

6-10

18.0