Sam Sharpe. USA Today Sports

The Charlotte Hornets look to win for the 5th time in 6 games against the Chicago Bulls

Charlotte looks to continue its fine form in Chicago.

Charlotte is gaining steam. Hornets head coach Steve Clifford and the Hornets will look to continue the surge against the team that it started against.

The Hornets earned their first win of the season at home against Chicago in a convincing, 130-105, victory on Nov. 3. Charlotte scored at least 30 points in each quarter that evening and cruised to the triumph.

In its last outing, Charlotte defeated New York behind 24 points from Nicolas Batum. Once again, Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb scored double figures off the bench. The duo has averaged 24.4 points per game despite each playing less than 23 minutes per contest.

Cody Zeller, who hit the game-winning layup in the final second to defeat the Knicks, has also scored in double figures off the bench in the previous two games. Zeller is listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain. Spencer Hawes has a right ankle sprain and is listed as probable.

When Charlotte owner Michael Jordan retired from the Bulls after the 1992-93 season, Chicago signed Pete Myers in the offseason to replace Jordan in the starting lineup. Myers is currently in his second stint as an assistant coach for the team he spent two seasons with in the mid-90s. The Bulls won three straight titles both in the preceding and following seasons that Myers was with the team.

After leaving the Bulls following the 1994-95 campaign, Myers signed with Charlotte. Exactly one month later, he was dealt to Miami in the mega-deal that sent Alonzo Mourning to the Heat and Glen Rice to the Queen City. Miami waived him four days later and he resigned with Charlotte for the rest of the season.

After losing at home against Minnesota, the Bulls got back on the winning track Monday with a 23-point win over the hapless Philadelphia 76ers. Chicago will be entering the contest with four days of rest after playing eight games in the first two weeks of the regular season.

The Bulls have moved Doug McDermott into the starting lineup, giving Chicago five starters who average double figure scoring. Tony Snell will come off the bench; Chicago’s reserves average 37.4 points per contest.

Chicago is struggling from the floor with a 43.1 team field goal percentage that ranks 20th in the league. Fred Hoiberg’s team has compensated by averaging 88.1 shots per contest, good for fifth-best in the NBA.

Kirk Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy remain out for Chicago. Joakim Noah has a sore left knee but is likely to play.


Charlotte Projected Starters 

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Kemba Walker

6-1

15.3

G

Nicolas Batum

6-8

14.3

F

P.J. Hairston

6-6

5.0

F

Marvin Williams

6-9

10.4

C

Al Jefferson

6-10

13.5


Chicago Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Derrick Rose

6-3

12.9

G

Doug McDermott

6-8

11.1

F

Jimmy Butler

6-7

18.5

F

Nikola Mirotic

6-10

13.3

C

Pau Gasol

7-0

13.9