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Bobcats @ Mavericks 3-on-3 Preview

Who: Dallas Mavericks vs Charlotte Bobcats

What: NBA Basketball – Mavericks Home Game

When: 8:30 EST

Where: Live at American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Dallas 24-20 99.9 (24) 97.7 (3) 93.8 (10)
Charlotte 6-35 93.4 (30) 107.9 (28) 92.6 (18)

Previous Meetings:

Dallas: Delonte West – out indefinitely (finger); Shawn Marion – game-time decision (sore knee)
Charlotte: Corey Maggette – game-time decision (back spasms); Eduardo Najera (sore knee)

Starting Lineups

Mavericks Bobcats
PG Jason Terry D.J. Augustin
SG Vince Carter Gerald Henderson
SF Shawn Marion Corey Maggette
PF Dirk Nowitzki Tyrus Thomas
C Brendan Haywood Bismack Biyombo
6th Man Brendan Haywood Kemba Walker

3-on-3 TrueHoop NetworkBryan, Jenn, and Mathew preview tonight’s match up versus the Dallas Mavericks on a night filled with lots of basketball.

1- The NCAA First Round (sorry NCAA marketing peeps, can’t make me call it Second Round) games going on throughout the day serve to inspire the Bobcat players by reminding them of the youth and joy of basketball or further distract them when combined with the NBA trade deadline?

Mathew Lewis: I believe it will inspire them…at least a little. Everyone gets fired up about basketball during the first two days of the tournament, and I don’t think that excludes NBA players. Look for an extra hop in their collective step tonight. They may even try and catch a glimpse of their potential future teammate Anthony Davis during halftime.

Jenn Kimbal: I think the Bobcats could care less about the NCAA, but obviously the impending trade deadline is looming on every NBA players’ mind

Bryan Wendland: I’m going a different route with this one. People on Twitter are killing the ‘Cats tweeting things like, “Watching Cal stink it’s way through their ‘First Four’ game with USF must make Charlotte sick that they didn’t get a bid to the Big Dance.” Reading tweets like that can’t make a player anything other than pissed off, so I think the team goes into Dallas tonight looking to make a statement.

2- Which team more desperately needs to make a deal before the 3 P.M. deadline?

Mathew: Bobcats. The Mavericks are waiting until the off-season to make a big splash, so the only move they’d be looking into is moving Shawn Marion in order to open up cap space. A move outside of that would presumably be minor. The Bobcats at a minimum need to try and move Diaw. He is of no value to the team going forward.

Jenn: Dallas. I only say Dallas because it’s pretty clear that the Bobcats are not interested in making any big deals this season.

Bryan: The only moves Dallas made this season were basically salary dumps. That team, as constructed, can compete in the western conference playoffs. I think Charlotte is more likely to make a move, and should try to get something back for Diaw’s expiring contract. With Howard likely staying in Orlando through 2013, the Charlotte, New Jersey deal probably isn’t going to happen. Still, buying Diaw’s contract out and letting him sign with whichever team doesn’t mind watching him play basketball doesn’t make sense if Charlotte could at the very least get a second round pick for him.

3- Who scores more points tonight: Mavericks, Bobcats, or the Kentucky Wildcats?

Mathew: Mavericks. This one is close (I’m a great line setter), though Kentucky’s scoring will more than likely tail off towards the end of the game when the Hilltoppers find themselves down a smorgasbord of points.

Jenn: Wildcats. Although there’s a significant talent disparity between the Mavericks and Bobcats, Kentucky is a sheer powerhouse compared to WKU and even Kentucky’s second string players will come out ablaze.

Bryan: For what it’s worth (and it’s worth absolutely nothing) I filled out a bracket yesterday solely based on flipping a penny… That penny had Western Kentucky going to the Sweet Sixteen. I tell that story to tell this story: The Kentucky Wildcats are really, really, really good and Western Kentucky is about as bad an NCAA tournament team as there’s ever been; UK could break 100. To answer the question, though, I’ll go with Dallas, because I think Calipari will rest his starters after the Wildcats go up 45-10 at half time, and I think Dallas will beat Charlotte.