Hornets host Ja Morant and the Grizzlies-The Hornets are coming off a hard-fought loss to the Lakers in which their two star guards caught fire in the fourth quarter.
39 points didn't lead to a win, but it was a welcome sight for a team that had been plagued by poor offense and poor shooting all season. It doesn't plan to change tonight.
The Grizzlies will enter the game with the second-best defensive rating in the league. They contest shots like everyone else and are top 10 in both steals (9th) and blocks (2nd) per game.
Ja Morant and Desmond Benn made most of the headlines. Morant is one of the league's brightest superstars, averaging 27.2 points and 8.0 assists per game.
Bane is having a breakout season and is pushing for his first All Star appearance with 21.8 points per game on high volume 3-point shooting.
Dillon Brooks and Jaren Jackson Jr. provide some defensive punch to go along with their complementary offensive roles, and the rest of the roster is filled with effective role players.
But perhaps the most feared player from the Hornets' perspective is Steven Adams. In the last meeting between these two teams, he gobbled up 11 offensive rebounds.
The game was better in the second quarter before the Hornets were able to surpass Adams as a team. It was part of a strange display that ended with a 31-point Grizzlies victory.
The Hornets could get some reinforcements tonight. Cody Martin is questionable with Kelly Oubre and Gordon Hayward out of the lineup. We'll await word on his official status as we get closer to game time.