[7:07 PM] Spurs @ Hornets

Who will WIN this matchup?

San Antonio Spurs (11-3)

@ Charlotte Hornets (8-5)


The line for this game is Spurs by 4 points.

The Charlotte Hornets dropped two in a row and four of their last six games and are about to take on an opponent skilled in exploiting another team’s weaknesses. The Hornets will try to quickly solve their issues before they host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

San Antonio center Pau Gasol, who is in his first season in San Antonio, is enjoying Popovich’s candor. “Most coaches are happy just to win,” Gasol told ESPN.com. “A win is a win and they’re just happy. Then the next day you come and you clean up a couple things, and then you move on. I love the attention to detail. I love the not settling for good enough. If we want to win a championship, we’re going to have to be excellent.” Gasol, who won a pair of championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, is averaging 12.2 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Spurs.

Charlotte shot 41.1 percent overall and 9-of-31 from 3-point range against Memphis, but the biggest shooting struggles came from the backcourt. Starters Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum combined to go 7-of-22 from the floor, including 2-of-14 from beyond the arc. Walker finished with 17 points to end a string of 11 straight games with at least 20 points and is 5-of-23 from 3-point range in the last three contests.

Spurs PG Tony Parker (knee) sat out the last game and is day-to-day.

Hornets C Cody Zeller (shoulder) sat out the last two games and is questionable for Wednesday.

Charlotte snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series with a 91-88 home win over San Antonio on March 21.


StreakSmarts Pick: San Antonio Spurs

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick