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Bobcats @ Hornets 3-on-3 Preview

Who: New Orleans Hornets vs Charlotte Bobcats

What: NBA Basketball – Hornets Home Game

When: 8 PM ET

Where: Live at New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA.

Coverage: Fox Sports South

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
New Orleans 10-31 97.8 (29) 103.8 (20) 90.1 (30)
Charlotte 5-34 93.8 (30) 108.6 (29) 92.6 (18)

Previous Meetings:

New Orleans: Trevor Ariza (day-to-day)
Charlotte: No significant injuries

Starting Lineups

Hornets Bobcats
PG Jarrett Jack D.J. Augustin
SG Marco Belinelli Gerald Henderson
SF Trevor Ariza Corey Maggette
PF Carl Landry Tyrus Thomas
C Chris Kaman Bismack Biyombo
6th Man Al-Farouq Aminu Kemba Walker

3-on-3 TrueHoop NetworkTonight, the Bobcats travel to New Orleans for a matchup against Charlotte’s original NBA franchise, the Hornets. New Orleans goes for back-to-back wins tonight while the Bobcats continue to search for answers in this depleted season. Who’s got the edge tonight and why? Let’s get to it with our QCH panel.

1- D.J. Augustin scored 22 points on Saturday night in Oklahoma City, his highest output since returning from the toe injury 11 games ago. Augustin also attempted 16 FGA Saturday night, also a high (previously 12) since returning from injury. Is this a sign that Augustin has accepted that he’s got to be more aggressive offensively and Bobcats fans should expect this production on a more consistent basis?

Mathew Lewis: More than likely. Keep in mind Augustin may believe he’s auditioning for other teams to boot. It’s unknown whether or not he wants out, as he’s not the type of guy to voice such a request, but it probably wouldn’t bother him to be dealt to a contender.

Bryan Wendland: I’m not sure what all of that means, but I am sure that for the Bobcats to win games, Augustin has to be “dishing and swishing” as Walt Clyde Frazier would say. I think ‘Cats fans shouldn’t expect anything more than 12 FG attempts and 16 points per game out of him, though; Where he really needs to be offensively is somewhere in the range of 8-10 assists per game.

Jenn Kimbal: It is hard to say what strategic objectives the Bobcats coaching staff implement behind closed doors, but these stats do indicate that Silas and co. want to see more output from Augustin.

2- Both the Bobcats and Hornets rank in the bottom five of the league in offensive efficiency- the two average a combined 94.7 Points Per 100 possessions. Will either team see the 90’s tonight and will either team shoot higher than 42% from the field?

Mathew Lewis: Yes and yes. For how poor both teams are offensively they’re nearly as challenged on the defensive end. I would not be surprised if both units eclipse 90 points and 42% shooting tonight.

Bryan Wendland: No to both of those questions. This is going to be an offensive night much the way the last Charlotte vs. New Jersey game was; Around 35 percent from the floor for both teams, and fans would be lucky to see either side break 85.

Jenn Kimbal: I’d be surprised to see either team shoot above 42% from the field.  I would not be surprised, however, to see the Bobcats cross the 90 point hurdle.  Of their last 10 games, the Bobcats have had an average offensive efficiency of 94 points.

3- The Hornets look to win consecutive games for just the third time all season tonight while the Bobcats just simply look for improvement (I guess). Pick it- Hornets or Bobcats?

Mathew Lewis: Hornets. It’s a serious case of caveat emptor any time you pick the Bobcats to win, not to mention when they’re on the road. Although New Orleans is relatively inept in their own right, they’re more consistently competitive and rather clearly the stronger team.

Bryan Wendland: Bobcats. I think Augustin will outplay whoever New Orleans throws at him, Biyombo will record another double-double and Maggette will get to the line enough in the fourth quarter to keep Charlotte ahead and see the team to victory.

Jenn Kimbal: Of the Bobcats’ 5 wins thus far, 4 have come to teams with sub .500 records.  That said, a win against the Hornets is a real possibility if the Cats can capitalize on the strength of Augustin and Maggette.