Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Milwaukee Bucks
What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game
When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
|Charlotte||7-9||92.9 (28)||98.1 (6)||94.7 (28)|
|Milwaukee||2-12||92.7 (29)||104.9 (29)||94.9 (27)|
Charlotte: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Questionable)
Milwaukee: Brandon Knight (Questionable)
|PG||Kemba Walker||Brandon Knight|
|SG||Gerald Henderson||O.J. Mayo|
|SF||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||Khris Middleton|
|PF||Josh McRoberts||Ersan Ilyasova|
|C||Al Jefferson||Larry Sanders|
|6th Man||Jeffery Taylor||Luke Ridnour|
1- STATS. Milwaukee is 29th in offensive efficiency, 29th in defensive efficiency, last in overall rebounding rate, 29th in turnover ratio and play at the 27th slowest pace. So, yeah, the Bucks are basically horrible at every aspect of the game currently. I would ask what the key statistical category is for a Bobcats win tonight, but can’t they just show up and earn a W?
Spencer: It’s certainly not that simple, well at least not with the way that Charlotte has been playing at home as of late. This team has got to find some offense outside of Al Jefferson + more consistency from their guards. Gerald Henderson has showed us some signs this season, but still remains to be extremely inconsistent – he’s the x-factor for Charlotte tonight. In part offensively, but he’ll draw the defensive assignment on O.J. Mayo as well.
Dakota: After their performance last week against Milwaukee, I guess it would be pretty obvious for the team to just go into the TWC Arena and win. While the Bucks have remained somewhat competitive in their last few games, they’re still an extremely messy team.
2- FEAR THE DEER? Who’s the one Milwaukee player that Charlotte must be able to contain tonight in order to get the W?
Spencer: Mayo. Pretty much what Dakota said about him. From there, I’d point out that Gary Neal can win a game on his own with his ability to shoot the 3 – he’s firing it from deep at a 47.3% clip this season.
Dakota: O.J Mayo. While the Bucks offense continues to be reprehensible, O.J. Mayo is having an extremely solid season from the perimeter where he’s currently shooting 45% from beyond the arc. Charlotte has done a nice job in terms of protecting the perimeter but Mayo is still a dangerous target so he could give Charlotte some problems if they let him get hot.
3- PICK IT. The Bobcats are coming off two terrible back-to-back performances, but the Bucks present the ideal opportunity to get back on track. Who ya got?
Spencer: Bobcats, but I don’t feel great about it. This is a Milwaukee team that very well could have the most balls in the lottery come summer time – they’re bad in so many different areas.
Dakota: As a long-time Bucks fan, it would be usually tough to pick against Milwaukee but I’m going to have to go for the Bobcats. The Bucks are just currently in an awful position which is the perfect situation for a team like the Bobcats.