Gametime: 7:30 p.m. EST
Considering how bad the Utah Jazz are, I expect most people are more interested in the halftime festivities for once rather than the game. At the half, Michael Jordan will reveal the official Charlotte Hornets logo for next season. They've already revealed that the colors will return to the familiar teal and purple but it will be interesting to see if they try an updated take on Hugo the Hornet or what changes they might make.
As for the game, it would certainly be sad and shocking if the Bobcats didn't take care of business at home against the woeful Jazz, who are also on the tail end of a back-to-back and got stomped on the road in Atlanta Friday night. Funny how things flip in just a couple seasons.
Anyway, the Jazz are bad. They are not coached well on either side of the ball and have little in the way of an offensive flow. Stocked with decent young talent, they have some good pieces looking ahead but just can't seem to put them together. Enes Kanter has the daggone strength of an ox and Derrick Favors is a versatile player, especially on defense. Gordon Hayward is solid on offense but his percentages, like many others', are mired in mediocrity because the team is dragging him down.
Utah loves the midrange two more than any other team, which does wonders for offensive inefficiency. It clogs the floor spacing and makes for tougher shots without the benefit of an extra point from behind the arc.
Their defense is worse. It fouls a lot and doesn't rebound well, nor does it force turnovers at a high rate.
The Bobcats' defense should be able to control Utah's offense and their offense should be able to overpower Utah's defense, as flummoxing as that once sounded not too long ago.
All told, this could be a very fun night with all the festivities.