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How tough is the upcoming road trip?

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Published: January 13, 2009

Not as tough as you might think, actually.

Sure, the Hornets will play at Dallas, Cleveland and Detroit in a four-day span, and those three teams have a combined winning percentage of .796 this season on their home floor. In fact, the Cavs have yet to lose in Cleveland this season.

But let’s look a little closer at each opponent…

  • Wednesday @ Dallas: The 22-15 Mavs wrap up a 3-game trip of their own tomorrow at Denver, so we get them on the second night of a back-to-back. Dallas have already lost the first two games of their road trip, and the last time they beat a winning team at home was back on December 6 when the Hawks were in town.

  • Friday @ Cleveland: This won’t be easy any way you slice it, but at least we get the 29-6 Cavs on a segababa too, as they play in Chicago on Thursday evening. And while LeBron’s crew are 5-2 on the second night of back-to-backs, it’s worth noting that all five wins came against sub-500 teams, whereas the two losses came against the Pistons and Hawks.
  • Saturday @ Detroit: This time both teams will have heavy legs; our guys will be coming off the game in Ohio, and the 22-13 Pistons will be coming off a date in OKC. Detroit have won their last five at home, but they’re battling injuries to Hamilton, Stuckey and McDyess right now.
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