The Charlotte Hornets (13-35) have shown some life despite the team’s overall situation still looking bleak, possibly being massive sellers at the trade deadline. The Phoenix Suns (24-24) finally seem to be getting healthy, and while they still have their issues, having key players back could remedy them.
The Hornets’ success hit a bump, losing to the Utah Jazz 120-102 on Monday, not having a lead outside of the first quarter. The Suns have won their last three games, all against teams at least holding a play-in spot, pulling off the upset against the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-110on Sunday.
Hornets’ Eye on the Future
Winning two of the last three games, especially without LaMelo Ball, is impressive for the Hornets. He has undoubtedly been their best player but might remain out for some time after suffering his third ankle injury. However, it wasn’t like they were any better with him, just recently going 2-10 over 12 games.
Terry Rozier has had three solid games, averaging 27.7 points and 4.3 assists. In the game against the Atlanta Hawks, he hit the game-winning free throws to close out a 34-point night with 28 coming in the second half. P.J. Washington also had a big game after halftime, with 20 of his 23 points coming then.
On top of that, Gordon Hayward returned to the starting lineup with nine points, five rebounds, and five assists. Those three players are usually heard in trade rumors, as the Hornets’ are pushing for top lottery odds in the draft.
Rozier has the most difficult contract to move, but the others seem likely to be on different teams soon as the Hornets try to secure the best odds in the draft and pile up draft picks.
Suns’ Health on the Horizon
The Suns are almost back to full strength with Chris Paul’s return against the Grizzlies after missing seven games. Devin Booker is the only player who has an injury at the moment that is going to keep him out for a long time.
The return of Cameron Johnson has seemingly sparked this winning streak. Topping the Brooklyn Nets was the first win of this streak, which came after a 1-9 stretch. He played well, with 19 points and six rebounds, but sat out the next game.
Paul helped the Suns beat the Grizzlies, finishing with 22 points and 11 assists. However, most importantly, Mikal Bridges has finally been taking over offensively, having the most effect. He relied on Booker and Paul to lead the offense; with them out, the task was on his shoulders.
Bridges did not answer well, struggling during the losing streaks. However, over the last five games, he is averaging 23.8 points per game and six assists.
Hornets vs Suns Game Injuries
Hornets vs Suns Head-to-Head
The Suns swept the Hornets last season, winning both games. They also head into their first season meeting on a three-game win streak over the Hornets.
Hornets vs Suns Game Information
- Game: Hornets (13-35) vs Suns (24-24)
- Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 9:00 p.m. EST
- Hornets vs Suns Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Hornets vs Suns Betting Lines
Hornets vs Suns Picks & Prediction
Despite the Hornets somewhat putting some good games together, their record still speaks for itself. The Suns still hope to finish this season close to being a success, but they need to beat the teams they are supposed to in order to accomplish that.
That will continue with the Hornets, who should be without their best player, looking to possibly move the rest of the supporting cast. The Suns don’t have the team to make this game a blowout, but that should not stop them from winning confidently.
The Phoenix Suns are listed at -255 in our NCAAB lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Suns, you have a chance to win $39. The Charlotte Hornets is +208, offering a chance to win $208 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Phoenix Suns a 71.83% chance to win, with the Charlotte Hornets at 32.47%.