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Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

FinishedTV: BSNChesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City

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Heading into Wednesday night's meeting in Oklahoma City, Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego and Oklahoma City Thunder coach Mark Daigneault have had to do plenty of playing around with their lineups.

Borrego's latest challenge is the loss of Gordon Hayward, who suffered a sprained right foot in Friday's win at Indiana and is expected to be out for at least four weeks.

The injury left the Hornets without three of their top five leading scorers. In addition to Hayward, who is averaging 19.6 points a game, Charlotte is without rookie LaMelo Ball (15.9 ppg; fractured wrist) and Malik Monk (13.1; sprained right ankle).

"It's going to be different lineups and it's going to be tinkering throughout each game. I'm probably going to have to play even more small now to find offense," Borrego said recently. "Obviously, LaMelo and Malik were two guys generating a ton of offense for us -- on their own, getting downhill, creating for us."

The Hornets, who averaged nearly 112 points a game through March, are averaging 96.3 over their past three contests and twice have lost without reaching 90 points in their two lowest-scoring performances of the season.

"We've got to find some rhythm offensively. It's just going to take time," Borrego said. "We're a work in progress. This is a great challenge for us. But we move forward."

For the Thunder, there have been plenty of injuries but also other factors, including the trade of Hamidou Diallo, the shutting down of Al Horford, the removal of Mike Muscala from the rotation, and the recent waiving of Justin Jackson.

Upon Jackson's departure Monday, Oklahoma City quickly announced the signings of Justin Robinson to a 10-day contract and Jaylen Hoard to a two-way deal. And that very night, Robinson played 24 minutes and Hoard 22 in a 132-108 loss to Detroit. It was a career high in minutes for both players.

"We don't know them intimately," Daigneault said. "They don't know us. For them to play the minutes they did, we needed them."

And the Thunder figure to continue to need them.

It's likely that none of the Thunder's starters and just two of the 10 players who saw action in the season's first meeting between the teams -- a 109-107 Oklahoma City win Dec. 26 in Charlotte -- will be available for Wednesday's second and final meeting between the clubs.

The latest injured player for the Thunder is Kenrich Williams, who left Monday's loss to the Pistons early in the fourth quarter with a left-ankle sprain.

Williams joins Luguentz Dort and Isaiah Roby among the Oklahoma City players who recently have suffered injuries. Both Dort and Roby are in the NBA's concussion protocol.

The Thunder have dropped three in a row and six of their past seven.

The game is the fifth in a six-game road trip for the Hornets, who are 2-2 on the trip.

--Field Level Media

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Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers3918.684 22-617-12113.4108.4L17-0-3
Brooklyn Nets3919.672 23-716-12119.1114.4L16-0-4
New York Knicks3227.542 19-1013-17106.2104.3L28-0-2
Boston Celtics3127.534 18-1113-16112.4110.4L18-0-2
Toronto Raptors2434.414 14-1510-19112.0111.3L26-0-4
Milwaukee Bucks3522.614 18-1017-12119.3113.2L25-0-5
Indiana Pacers2631.456 9-1717-14113.5114.4L35-0-5
Chicago Bulls2433.421 11-1813-15112.0113.2L55-0-5
Cleveland Cavaliers2037.351 11-169-21103.8111.0L33-0-7
Detroit Pistons1840.310 11-167-24107.6111.3L14-0-6

Western Conference

Utah Jazz4315.741 26-317-12116.9107.7L16-0-4
Denver Nuggets3720.649 20-1017-10115.7110.3L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3224.571 16-1216-12114.3114.7L14-0-6
Oklahoma City Thunder2038.345 9-2011-18105.3114.3L111-0-10
Minnesota Timberwolves1543.259 10-195-24110.2118.1L13-0-7
Phoenix Suns4116.719 23-918-7114.7108.2L18-0-2
Los Angeles Clippers4019.678 23-817-11115.0108.1L18-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3523.603 17-1318-10109.9106.1L15-0-5
Golden State Warriors2929.500 17-1012-19112.9113.3L16-0-4
Sacramento Kings2334.404 12-1611-18114.3118.6L91-0-9

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Atlanta Hawks3226.552 16-1116-15113.4111.2L18-0-2
Miami Heat3028.517 17-1313-15106.5107.4L36-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2829.491 14-1214-17110.0111.4L14-0-6
Washington Wizards2433.421 13-1611-17114.0118.1L17-0-3
Orlando Magic1840.310 10-208-20104.2112.0L31-0-9

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Last Injuries

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Isaiah Roby

    Out Wed | out

    Roby sat out the previous game with a toe injury, and he will not face the Pacers on Wednesday.

  • Gabriel Deck

    Out indefinitely | out

    Deck is out of commission due to a personal matter, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Luguentz Dort

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Dort is battling a hip injury, and it remains to be seen if he will dress for Wednesday's battle with the Pacers.

  • Josh Hall

    Out Wed | out

    Hall has missed the previous three contests due to bilateral knee soreness, and he will not suit up versus the Pacers on Wednesday.

  • George Hill

    Prob Mon | probable

    Hill is expected to suit up against the Warriors on Monday after recovering from surgery to repair a right thumb sprain.

  • Luguentz Dort

    Out Mon | out

    Dort will not be available for Monday's tilt with the Wizards as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Hamidou Diallo

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Diallo sat out the last two contests due to right knee inflammation, and it remains to be seen if he will be in the lineup Monday versus the Cavaliers.

  • Aleksej Pokusevski

    Prob Sun | probable

    Pokusevski has sat out the past three contests with right arm soreness, but he is projected to face the Raptors on Sunday.

Charlotte Hornets

  • LaMelo Ball

    Early May | out

    Ball is recovering from a fractured right wrist, and he is expected to be sidelined until at least the beginning of May.

  • Nate Darling

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Darling has missed the last four contests with a right ankle sprain, and it remains to be seen if he will be available versus the Bulls on Thursday.

  • P.J. Washington

    Prob Sun | probable

    Washington has been absent from the previous three contests with a right ankle sprain, but it is likely that he will suit up for Sunday's tilt with the Trail Blazers.

  • Malik Monk

    Late April | out

    Monk is out of the lineup with a right ankle sprain, and he is expected to miss two weeks.

  • Terry Rozier

    Prob Wed | probable

    Rozier sat out the last game with left knee tendinitis, but it is projected that he will be active against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

  • Jalen McDaniels

    day-to-day | questionable

    McDaniels exited Sunday's game with a left eye injury, and it is unclear if he will return.