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New York at Charlotte
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Hornets haven't put up much of a fight while losing their past two games by an average of 34 points. Charlotte looks to shake its way out of the doldrums when it hosts the also-struggling New York Knicks on Wednesday.

The Hornets averaged 83 points in the routs as they dropped a 115-86 home decision against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday and were pummeled 119-80 by the host Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. "Our last game we lost by 29 points so I didn't like our response and didn't like our urgency," Charlotte coach James Borrego said in a postgame television interview following the loss to Indiana. "A very disappointing and unprofessional approach to the game." New York has dropped four straight contests and began a three-game road trip by falling 123-112 to the Houston Rockets on Monday. The Knicks had five players score in double digits but they were unable to keep up with Houston's firepower.

TIME: 7 p.m. ET. TV: MSG, FS Southeast

ABOUT THE KNICKS (17-40): Rookie shooting guard RJ Barrett scored 21 points against Houston and is averaging 18 points over the past three games after experiencing a four-game funk in which he averaged 6.8 with a high output of 12. The New York coaching staff has been working with Barrett to be more effective when he doesn't have the ball and helping him learn where he needs to drift and maneuver on the floor to be in the best position when the ball comes his way. "That's a natural progression for all players," interim coach Mike Miller told reporters. "I think all players who have been high-level players that really score have had the ball in their hands most of the time. That's the next base as he really builds and develops."

ABOUT THE HORNETS (19-38): The dismal performance against the Pacers saw Charlotte shoot 33 percent from the field and make 8-of-18 free throws and Borrego knows improvement is needed against the Knicks. "The key is how do we respond," Borrego said. "And we'll see what kind of pros and what type of character we have and we'll find out (Wednesday) night." Forward Miles Bridges (17 points) and backup guard Caleb Martin (11) were the lone players to score in double digits against Indiana.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Hornets are 2-0 versus the Knicks this season and have won five of the past six meetings.

2. Charlotte PG Devonte' Graham was rested against the Pacers after scoring six total points and being 1-of-17 from the field in the first two games following the All-Star break.

3. New York PG Elfrid Payton (ankle) is probable after missing the past two games.

PREDICTION: Hornets 109, Knicks 104
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New York 17-40 L4 8-20 9-20 2-2 15-38 2-10 12-25
Charlotte 19-38 L2 8-17 11-20 1-5 18-33 1-6 13-22
Last Meeting
New York Charlotte
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/28/20 NY 92 CHA 97 92 42 44.2 97 51 38.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New York J. Randle 24 52.6 4
Charlotte T. Rozier 30 52.9 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New York M. Robinson 10 2 8
Charlotte W. Hernangomez 10 3 7
Assists Player  
New York E. Payton 8
Charlotte D. Graham 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New York J. Randle 1112 45.0 224
Charlotte D. Graham 1046 37.9 174
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New York J. Randle 562 130 432
Charlotte C. Zeller 408 150 258
Assists Player  
New York E. Payton 258
Charlotte D. Graham 448
Quickchart Matchup
New York New York Off vs  Charlotte Charlotte Defense
New York Off vs Charlotte - Points For 104.8 Points For
New York Off vs Charlotte - Points Against 110.1 Points Against
New York - FG% 44.0 FG%
Charlotte - FG% 47.7 FG%
New York - Reb 46.5 Reb
Charlotte - Reb 46.3 Reb
Charlotte Charlotte Off vs  New York New York Defense
Charlotte Off vs New York - Points For 102.2 Points For
Charlotte Off vs New York - Points Against 111.8 Points Against
Charlotte - FG% 43.1 FG%
New York - FG% 46.4 FG%
Charlotte - Reb 42.9 Reb
New York - Reb 45.1 Reb