Bobcats vs Hornets preview: Does the streak end tonight? -

Bobcats vs Hornets preview: Does the streak end tonight?

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs New Orleans Hornets

What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Efficiency
Defensive
Efficiency
Pace
Charlotte 7-22 98.5 (25) 109 (30) 95.2 (8)
New Orleans 6-23 100.5 (19) 106.9 (28) 90.1 (30)

Previous Meetings:
2012/11/09 : 99-107 – RecapBoxscore

Injuries:
Charlotte: Byron Mullens (OUT), Tyrus Thomas (OUT)
New Orleans:

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Hornets
PG Kemba Walker Brian Roberts
SG Gerald Henderson Greivis Vasquez
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Al-Farouq Aminu
PF Hakim Warrick Ryan Anderson
C Bismack Biyombo Robin Lopez
6th Man Ramon Sessions Roger Mason Jr.

Is tonight the night Charlotte breaks the unbearable losing streak?

  • Gerald Henderson has got to show up on the offensive end tonight. If he can find a way to shoot above 47% from the field and attempt at least 12 FG’s then I like the Cats chances.
  • Ryan Anderson is going to present a tough matchup for Warrick/Biyombo on the defensive end and will pull them away from the basket frequently. Both will be inclined to play help D and crash the glass, but if Charlotte learned anything in the first matchup between these two, it’s that you have to stay with Anderson- he’ll make you pay from behind the arc.
  • Anthony Davis and Robin Lopez both sport PER’s above 21 and are both in the top-25 for that category in the league. Davis is extremely dynamic and will score in an array of ways, so Biz/Warrick have to stay on their feet and contest every shot. Biz/Haywood/Diop will all likely see some of Robin Lopez- the key for this matchup will involve being physical, because Lopez is very strong and can bull his way towards the rim.
  • After missing 3 games, Ben Gordon returned last night and had an underwhelming performance on both ends. Charlotte will need a full effort tonight from him and some made 3’s- Gordon was 3-10 from the field last night and 0-2 from behind the arc.
  • Force turnovers and get out in transition against New Orleans- that’ll be the key to getting the Hornets (Pelicans?) out of their game considering they have the slowest PACE in the league at 90.1 possessions/game.
  • My prediction: Bobcats-90 Hornets-88
  • THE LOSING STREAK ENDS AT 17.
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