It is your classic game of chess. One side is constantly attacking while the other is defending its home castle.
In boxing, style makes the matchup. The attacker against the defensive counter-puncher always makes for an interesting, entertaining fight.
One of those matchups is setÂ for tonight at New Orleans Arena when the defensive-minded New Orleans Hornets entertain the high-scoring Golden State Warriors. Game time is 7:10 p.m. and you can follow a live blog of the game here at NewOrleans.Com/Sports.
The Hornets have won three straight games following an 84-77 victory over Philadelphia Monday night. The Warriors have dropped their last two games, fallingÂ at Orlando 110-90 Monday night. Golden State is playingÂ its fifth consecutive road game. The Warriors are 1-3 on the road trip.
New Orleans wins with defense. Golden State doesn’t win that often but wins with offense.
The Hornets are second in the league, allowing just 91.5 points per game. The Warriors are 10th in the league in scoring, averaging 101.3 points per game.
Known for their wide open, run-and-gunÂ style, the Warriors will attempt to push the pace while the Hornets will attempt to control the tempo.
The Warriors are 11-6 when scoring 100 or more points, 2-15 when they score under 100 points. The Hornets are 11-1 when holding opponents under 90 points and 20-7 when holding opponents under 100 points per game.
Golden state features one of the most potent back court combinations in the NBA.Â Monta EllisÂ is third in the league in scoring, averaging 25.3 points and 5.5 assists per game while Stephen Curry averages 18.7 points and six assists per contest. Curry ranks second in the NBA in free throw percentage (91.6%) while Ellis is second in the league in steals, trailing only Chris Paul.
The Hornets star point guard is averaging 16.5 points and 9.7 assists per game. Paul is third in the league in assists and free throw percentage (91.3%) andÂ leads the league in steals.Â Paul is the only player in the leagueÂ with over 100 steals with 104.
Emeka Okafor is second in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 58.6 percent.Â David West leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game.
In the midst of its three-game win streak, New Orleans has held Boston, Washington and Philadelphia to 83, 81 and 77 points, respectively.
The Hornets are 14-4 at home while the Warriors are 5-15 on the road.
This game seems to come down to which team dictates the style and pace of play. Should New Orleans hold Golden State under 100 points, expect a Hornets’ victory.
If the Warriors exceed the century mark, it becomes more difficult for New Orleans to win. The Hornets are 1-7 when allowing 100 points or more. Let the chess match begin!