Jokic, Nuggets set for matchup with the Hornets
Denver Nuggets (44-31, sixth in the Western Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (39-36, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
Charlotte, North Carolina; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Hornets -3.5; over/under is 231.5
BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic leads Denver into a matchup against Charlotte. He’s 10th in the NBA scoring 26.3 points per game.
The Hornets have gone 20-18 at home. Charlotte ranks eighth in the NBA with 11.1 offensive rebounds per game led by Mason Plumlee averaging 2.5 offensive boards.
The Nuggets are 22-16 on the road. Denver is sixth in the Western Conference scoring 111.8 points per game and is shooting 47.9%.
The teams square off for the second time this season. The Hornets won the last matchup 115-107 on Dec. 24, with Kelly Oubre Jr. scoring 23 points points in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Miles Bridges is shooting 48.6% and averaging 20.1 points for the Hornets. LaMelo Ball is averaging 3.8 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Charlotte.
Jokic is scoring 26.3 points per game and averaging 13.5 rebounds for the Nuggets. Nah’Shon Hyland is averaging 2.9 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Denver.
LAST 10 GAMES:
INJURIES: Hornets: Gordon Hayward: out (ankle).
Nuggets: Zeke Nnaji: out (ankle), Vlatko Cancar: out (foot), Michael Porter Jr.: out (back), Facundo Campazzo: day to day (illness), Jamal Murray: out (knee), JaMychal Green: day to day (foot).