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3-on-3 Preview: Bulls at Bobcats

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network1.  Bismack Biyombo had 11 points and 12 rebounds against Phoenix, then followed it up with 3 points and 2 rebounds against Boston.  Pick one for tonight.

Spencer Percy: With Noah, Boozer and Azik to deal with down low, Chicago has a big front line and that should help Biyombo in the minutes category. I’ll pick an outing closer to a double-double than 3 PTS, 2 REB.

Bryan Wendland: As much as I love Bismack, I just don’t see Silas giving him much playing time tonight against the Bulls massive front court. I think he’ll go for somewhere in between, maybe five points, four rebounds.

Mathew Lewis: Per hoopdata.com, Chicago ranks 2nd in the NBA in Offensive Rebounding Rate Differential, behind only Cleveland. Phoenix’s ranking – 29th. Therefore, I’m leaning towards a repeat of the Boston stat-line.

2.  After suffering the worst loss in franchise history, the Bobcats have played consecutive competitive games for the first time in what feels like a while.   What’s been the difference?

Spencer Percy: Reggie Williams scoring boost and competing on the glass. Williams has taken pressure off Kemba to score at such a high rate and seems to have opened things up for him a bit, allowing him to distribute and find open teammates. In the last two games the Bobcats have also only been -4 in the rebounding department which has covered up some of the defensive deficiencies.

Bryan Wendland: DEFENSE. They’ve forced turnovers, gotten back in transition and generally looked competent against the offenses of Phoenix and Boston. Also, Reggie Williams has been the shot in the arm Charlotte desperately needed on offense.

Mathew Lewis: It would be easy to say Reggie Williams, but in reality an all-around improvement on the offensive side of the basketball has been the reason. The Bobcats posted an eFG% of 47.9% and 50.0% versus Boston and Phoenix, on the back of 13 made three-point baskets, more than the team had posted in the previous 5 games combined. It doesn’t hurt when Derrick Brown goes 10-10 from the field either.

3.  The last time these two teams met, the Bobcats turned a 19-point 4th quarter deficit into a somewhat interesting 6-point loss.  Tonight more closely resembles the large deficit or the competitive basketball?

Spencer Percy: Chicago has won their last 3 games, all on the road, by 21+ points. There’s nothing to suggest that trend will end tonight against the league’s worst team.

Bryan Wendland: Charlotte can keep this game competitive if it plays the same brand of defense it has the past two games. Also, Williams needs to keep it up offensively and Kemba needs to at least make D-Rose work for his acrobatic, mind-blowing dunks. Long story short, I say Charlotte keeps it close for three quarters and loses by less than 15.

Mathew Lewis: Somewhere in the middle is a cop-out, so I’ll say competitive. The Bobcats are at home and the TWC Arena should be relatively energized given the opponent.