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With severe playoff aspirations, it all starts with a win on Tuesday night vs. the Indiana Pacers for the Charlotte Hornets.
Charlotte is finished the 2020-21 NBA regular season in 10th location in the Eastern Conference with a 33-39 record. The Hornets vanquished the Chicago Bulls by two games for the last spot in the play-in competition in the East. While the Hornets need to win on the road Tuesday night vs. Indiana to keep their season alive, here is why they have plenty to play for in the latter part of May.
Here are three realistic objectives for the Hornets this postseason
3. The Charlotte Hornets require to protect a real playoff area
This opts for saying, however making the Eastern Conference Playoffs as the No. 8 seed as a 10th-place finisher would be a big accomplishment. It would have indicated back-to-back wins on the road in win-or-go-home scenarios. Charlotte would have gotten rid of the Pacers in Indianapolis and either the Boston Celtics or the Washington Wizards on their own court in only a matter of days.
While the Hornets would be underdogs vs. the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the preliminary of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, extending the possible best-of-seven, first-round series to a gentleman’s sweep would be a best-case situation. Doing so will have revealed to the rest of the NBA that the Hornets are a team to be taken seriously next season, and expose a potential 76ers vulnerability.
The Charlotte Hornets can accomplish so much if they were to make the 2021 NBA Playoffs.