[7:10 PM] Pistons @ Hornets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Detroit Pistons (8-10)

@ Charlotte Hornets (10-7)


The line for this game is Charlotte by 2.5 points.

The Charlotte Hornets followed up a season-worst four-skid with consecutive solid victories and attempt to notch another when they host the road-challenged Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. Just as quickly as Charlotte fell into a funk, it rebounded in a fury with Monday’s 104-85 road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies rating as one of their top wins of the season.

Point guard Reggie Jackson participated in Monday’s practice as he moves closer to a return from a knee issue. It was Jackson’s first 5-on-5 practice since receiving injections of platelet-rich plasma more than a month ago to help promote healing.

Backup shooting guard Jeremy Lamb recently returned from a hamstring injury and he strung together terrific efforts in the two wins — 18 points and a career-best 17 rebounds in Saturday’s triumph over the New York Knicks and a season-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds against the Grizzlies. Lamb averaged career highs of 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds last season, his first in Charlotte.

The Pistons won last season’s final meeting after the Hornets took four of the previous five matchups.

Charlotte SG Nicolas Batum (eye) scored just six points on 1-of-5 shooting against Memphis after a one-game absence.

Detroit backup G Reggie Bullock (left knee) is waiting on a second opinion as he considers whether to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus.


StreakSmarts Pick: Charlotte Hornets

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick