Charlotte Hornets vs Golden State Warriors 11/3/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Charlotte Hornets vs. Golden State Warriors Matchup Preview (11/3/21)
The Charlotte Hornets (5-3) suffered an unfortunate home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have been surprisingly competitive in many of their games. Now, the Hornets will take a trip to the other side of the states and face the surging Golden State Warriors (5-1).
Charlotte has been remarkable on the offensive end, ranking first in points per game, offensive efficiency, and 3P% (three-point percentage) through its first eight games. Meanwhile, Golden State has looked like a great team as it has only lost one game and ranks at the top of every key offensive and defensive statistical category.
If it wants to keep up with the Hornets, Golden State will have to slow Charlotte down on the offensive end and contest the three-point shot extremely well. While the Warriors have one of the best players in the game, Steph Curry, they still miss James Wiseman and Klay Thompson; therefore, high point totals are slightly harder to come by.
Charlotte can win if it controls the pace and shoots the ball better than Golden State, particularly behind the arc. If the Hornets don’t shoot well, then they have virtually no chance as the Warriors are a far superior defensive team. The Charlotte Hornets won’t stop the Warriors, but they will hope to outscore them and play at their pace for the majority of the game.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets (+6.5) are road underdogs against the Golden State Warriors (-6.5). Golden State’s Moneyline sits at -260, while Charlotte’s is steady around +215. However, you can expect these lines to move a little bit before tip-off. Additionally, the point total has been placed at 226.5. Interestingly enough, the Hornets have gone over the point total in six of their eight games, while the Warriors have only gone over once. Charlotte is 5-3 against the spread, and Golden State is 3-3.
The under looks attractive to me in this bout. Golden State loves to slow down the pace and play at its own speed. Truthfully, the Warriors are a more experienced team and understand when to regain control of the game if there are several quick possessions in a row. Charlotte could get impatient and rush shots on the offensive end, while Golden State is more disciplined.
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Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Chase Center – San Francisco, CA
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Charlotte Hornets Starting Lineup
Charlotte Hornets Analysis
Are the Charlotte Hornets the surprise team of the year? The Hornets are 5-3 and have had elite offensive output from their entire team, but especially, LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges, Gordon Hayward, Terry Rozier, and Kelly Oubre Jr. The two biggest stars, LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges, have been phenomenal to start the 2021-22 season; they are averaging 20.1 and 23.1 points per game respectively. Additionally, Bridges is bringing in 7.9 rebounds, while Ball grabs 6.1 rebounds per game. This fast-paced, high-scoring offense is designed to support the Hornets’ young star, LaMelo Ball. They have done a great job of surrounding him with compatible players and are consequently at the top or near the top in every key offensive statistical category through eight games, and it doesn’t look like that will change throughout the year. The most obvious issue with Charlotte is its defense. The Hornets are 28th in opponent points per game, 27th in defensive efficiency, and 26th in opponent eFG% (effective field goal percentage). If Charlotte wants to take the next step and truly be a major player in the Eastern Conference, it will need to improve on the defensive end of the floor.
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
Golden State is missing Klay Thompson and James Wiseman; however, it does not show that fact. The Warriors are 5-1 through their first six games and rank in the top ten in virtually every important statistical category on both ends of the floor. Additionally, Steph Curry looks like an MVP candidate for the second year in a row; he’s averaging 28.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game. Surprisingly, Curry has not played up to his full potential either. His FG% (field goal percentage) is over 5% lower than his career average, which shows he can still improve on those numbers this year. If that happens, teams will really struggle, especially when Thompson and Wiseman return. In the meantime, it is clear that Golden State has really established itself on the defensive end, and the Warriors should win more often than not, especially at home.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Golden State Warriors Daily Fantasy Picks
Miles Bridges has been nothing short of spectacular at the beginning of the 2021-22 season. Bridges is currently one of the frontrunners for the Most Improved Player award, with 23.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. Bridges just had a rough game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he scored only 13 points on 4-for-18 from the floor and 1-for-7 from behind the arc. This is probably a one-off, and Bridges should be right back to produce at a high level against the Golden State Warriors.
What more is there to say about Steph Curry? He has started this season with a flurry of games, from an explosive 45-point game to one where he had a well-rounded triple-double. Curry has taken an underwhelming and injured Warriors team and catapulted them to a 5-1 record through their first six games. Curry has averaged 28.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game in those games and has not even been as efficient as he usually is, which is a scary thought. His ceiling is still higher, and in a game against a poor Hornets defense, Curry could go nuclear.