National Basketball Association
Preview
Minnesota at Charlotte
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 3, 2016
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Hornets have a great opportunity to finish a three-game homestand on a positive note when they host the reeling Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. The Hornets have split the first two games of the stay, first falling to Detroit before picking up a 97-87 win over Dallas on Thursday.

Kemba Walker (team-high 18 points) called it an "ugly" win but also made a point of stressing that good teams find a way no matter how the game plays out. "At the end of the day, it shows toughness," Walker told reporters. "It shows that we can withstand games. They really slowed it down tonight. But we really stayed with the game and won." The Timberwolves will be playing their sixth game in nine days and have little time to recover from Friday's 118-114 loss to the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden, their season-high fourth consecutive defeat. Charlotte has won six straight meetings, including a 115-108 triumph in Minnesota last month.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), FSN Southeast (Charlotte)

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (5-14): The Timberwolves lost to the Knicks twice in a span of three days but the results for star forward Karl-Anthony Towns were exceptionally different. After scoring a career-high 47 points and grabbing a season high-tying 18 rebounds in the first defeat Wednesday at home, Towns went for 20 points on 5-of-18 shooting while pulling down eight boards in Friday's loss. A bright spot came in the form of his backup, Nemanja Bjelica, who came off the bench to produce 17 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes on Friday.

ABOUT THE HORNETS (11-8): Charlotte's bench was key in the win over Dallas as five reserves combined to score 46 points on 17-of-25 shooting, led by Jeremy Lamb's 12 points. Big man Roy Hibbert had 11 points, his best output since he scored 15 in the season opener before a knee issue knocked him out for five games. "He has to be in the middle of things," coach Steve Clifford told reporters of Hibbert, who also had four rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Walker had 30 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals in the win over the Timberwolves on Nov. 15.

2. Minnesota F Andrew Wiggins entered Friday averaging 22.7 points but finished with his fourth straight game of fewer than 20.

3. Hornets F Marvin Williams (knee) has missed four straight games.

PREDICTION: Hornets 111, Timberwolves 102
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Minnesota 5-13 L3 3-6 2-7 0-1 5-12 0-3 3-9
Charlotte 11-8 W1 6-5 5-3 0-1 11-7 2-0 7-5
Last Meeting
Minnesota Charlotte
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/15/16 CHA 115 MIN 108 108 43 42.7 115 37 53.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota A. Wiggins 29 41.7 6
Charlotte K. Walker 30 63.2 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota G. Dieng 11 3 8
Charlotte C. Zeller 9 2 7
Assists Player  
Minnesota R. Rubio 8
Charlotte N. Batum 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota K. Towns 508 49.3 103
Charlotte K. Walker 516 45.4 93
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota K. Towns 236 70 166
Charlotte M. Kidd-Gilchrist 173 38 135
Assists Player  
Minnesota R. Rubio 117
Charlotte K. Walker 113
Quickchart Matchup
Minnesota Minnesota Off vs  Charlotte Charlotte Defense
Minnesota Off vs Charlotte - Points For 103.1 Points For
Minnesota Off vs Charlotte - Points Against 102.0 Points Against
Minnesota - FG% 44.8 FG%
Charlotte - FG% 43.6 FG%
Minnesota - Reb 41.8 Reb
Charlotte - Reb 45.5 Reb
Charlotte Charlotte Off vs  Minnesota Minnesota Defense
Charlotte Off vs Minnesota - Points For 104.4 Points For
Charlotte Off vs Minnesota - Points Against 104.1 Points Against
Charlotte - FG% 44.0 FG%
Minnesota - FG% 47.1 FG%
Charlotte - Reb 44.9 Reb
Minnesota - Reb 41.0 Reb