NBA Fantasy Basketball News 76ers vs Hornets
FanPicks is proud to bring you this NBA Fantasy Basketball News. Come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks. The Philadelphia 76ers (9-66) make their way to Time Warner Cable Arena for the second of back-to-back match-up with the Charlotte Hornets (43-31).
The 76ers fell to the visiting Hornets on Tuesday night, 100-85, their 10th consecutive defeat. Robert Covington led the squad in scoring with 18 points, hauling in 7 rebounds while shooting 6 of 16 from the field and 6 of 14 from field goal range. Covington recorded 3 steals in the loss and is second on the team in steals on the season, averaging 1.6 per match up. Nik Stauskas came off the bench to score 13 points, 3 rebounds and a pair of triples, while Ish Smith provided 15 points, 6 assists and 3 boards, going 6 of 17 from the paint and 3 of 8 from long range. Hollis Thompson recorded 10 boards to add to his 8 points as Philadelphia is poised to finish their season with the worst record in the league. With seven contests remaining on their schedule, the Sixers will have to tend with the likes of the Pacers, Raptors and Bulls if they hope to etch their 10th win.
The Hornets shot 43.7% from field goal range and 28% from deep in their 100-85 road victory over the 76ers on Tuesday, helping to keep the club in play in the Eastern Conference mid-seed log jam. Winners of four of their last five outings, the team was topped by Nicolas Batum who posted a triple-double, his second of the season and sixth of his career, with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Batum is the second-leading attacking threat for Charlotte, averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.8 dimes over 65 games played. Cody Zeller had a double-double on the back of an 18-point, 11-board performance, shooting 7 of 8 from the field and 4 of 4 from the paint, while Kemba Walker recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 triples. The Hornets are in sixth place in the East but control their own destiny, capable of reaching as high as third seed as they join both the Celtics and Heat at nine games behind the first place Cavaliers.
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