Charlotte Hornets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction & Match Preview – October 4th, 2021 | NBA Preseason 2021-22
The Oklahoma City Thunder will face the Charlotte Hornets in their first preseason game of the 2021-22 NBA season. Both teams are two of the youngest in the league and will likely feature their best players in this preseason game.
Fixture – Charlotte Hornets vs Oklahoma City Thunder | NBA Preseason 2021-22.
Date & Time – Monday, October 4th, 2021; 8:00 PM ET (Tuesday, October 5th, 5:30 AM IST).
Venue – Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK.
Oklahoma City Thunder Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder is likely to continue its rebuilding mission. They drafted four players into the 2021 NBA Draft: Josh Giddey (6th), Tre Mann (18th), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (32nd), and Aaron Wiggins (55th). They could also have selected talented center Alperen Sengun but traded his rights to the Houston Rockets in exchange for two future selections.
General manager Sam Presti has amassed a large number of draft picks through 2027. Therefore, the Oklahoma City Thunder are not expected to be playoff contenders any time soon. Much of the attention will be on Josh Giddey, the Thunder’s sixth overall pick, as the talented Australian playmaker establishes himself in the league.
In addition, Presti mentioned in his preseason press conference that all Thunder players are vaccinated. You can view the Oklahoma City Thunder preseason roster and schedule here.
Charlotte Hornets preview
The Charlotte Hornets were on the cusp of a playoff spot last season. If their players hadn’t been injured, they wouldn’t have dropped so low in the rankings.
They were eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in the NBA entry tournament. However, the Hornets are extremely young and can afford to take some losses. The addition of LaMelo Ball was huge for the team, as he blended perfectly with other players like Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, and Miles Bridges.
The team said goodbye to their center, Cody Zeller, after eight years and acquired Mason Plumlee in the offseason. Bismack Biyombo also did not return to the team. The Charlotte Hornets selected James Bouknight (11th), Kai Jones (19th), JT Thor (37th), and Scottie Lewis (56th) in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Hornets vs Thunder match prediction
As mentioned above, both teams are two of the youngest in the NBA and will feature their best players in the preseason game.
However, the Charlotte Hornets have a slight advantage over the Oklahoma City Thunder, due to the few veterans on their roster; the latter is full of newbies and inexperienced players. However, the point guard battle between LaMelo Ball and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander should be a joy to watch.
Where to watch the Hornets vs Thunder game?
The Charlotte Hornets vs Oklahoma City Thunder game will have local coverage on the Thunder app. The game can also be streamed live with an NBA League Pass.