Portland Trail Blazers at Charlotte Hornets: Game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online
The Portland Trail Blazers haven’t won consecutive games 4-0 since the start of the season, but should have a big chance for a change this Wednesday night at the Charlotte Hornets.
The Blazers had four starters (Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Jerami Grant and Jusuf Nurkic) plus Justise Winslow land on their last injury report, but all were listed as probable.
The Hornets, meanwhile, have two key players listed as absentees, LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward.
Ball has yet to play this season since injuring his ankle during preseason. Without him, the Hornets (3-8) are off to a bad start after going 43-39 last season.
The Hornets have lost five straight games including two straight at home against Brooklyn and Washington.
The main problem has been the Hornets offense. They rank 23rd in three-point shooting (33.9%) and 24th in scoring (109.1 points per game). Defensively, opponents are shooting just 32.9 percent from three, which ranks fourth, while their points allowed per game (113.8) ranks 15th.
Their offensive rating of 106.9 ranks 28th but defensively they rank 10th (111.65) two spots ahead of the Blazers (111.72).
What all of this means is that the Blazers might find it difficult to have a big offensive game against the Hornets, but they probably won’t need one. The Hornets have averaged just 97.8 points per game during their five-game losing streak.
Without Ball and Hayward, Charlotte’s main weapons will be fullback Terry Rozier (22.8 ppg in four games) and forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (17.6 ppg).
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS AT CHARLOTTE HORNETS
What: Trail Blazers (7-3) at Hornets (3-8), 4 p.m., Wednesday.
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM).
TV channel: Root Sports Plus (in Portland: Comcast 1253, DirecTV 687-1).
Watch the game live online: You can watch this game live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game on DirecTV Stream’s “CHOICE” package (promotional offers), if you are out of fuboTV trials, or just prefer this platform and its pricing plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider that broadcasts Root Sports and want to watch it online, you can watch this match live on Root Sports Live.
Blazers: g Anfernee Simons (inflammation of the left foot), G Damien Lillard (deformity of the right calf), F Jerami Grant (left ankle sprain), C Jusuf Nurkic (right adductor pain), F Justise Winslow (sprained right ankle) and F John Butler (left index finger pain) are likely. g Gary Payton II (core muscle surgery recovery) and C Olivier Sarre (sprained right wrist) came out.
Hornets: g Cody Martin (left quadrilateral pain) is doubtful. g LaMelo ball (left ankle sprain) and F Gordon Hayward (left shoulder; contusion) came out.
The Blazers play the second of a flurry at 5 p.m. Thursday in New Orleans (5-5).