Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Philadelphia 76ers
What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game
When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC.
|Charlotte||7-36||94.1 (30)||107.9 (29)||92.7 (18)|
|Philadelphia||25-20||102.1 (16)||95.5 (1)||91.6 (21)|
Charlotte: Corey Maggette (OUT)- Reggie Williams will start for Maggette.
Philadelphia: Spencer Hawes (day-to-day)
|PG||D.J. Augustin||Lou Williams|
|SG||Gerald Henderson||Jodie Meeks|
|SF||Corey Maggette||Andre Iguodala|
|PF||Tyrus Thomas||Thaddeus Young|
|C||Bismack Biyombo||Elton Brand|
|6th Man||Kemba Walker||Evan Turner|
Tonight the Bobcats will face the Sixers for the third time this season and try to avoid being swept in the season series. While Charlotte ranks at the bottom of most statistical categories, Phila boast the best defense in the league- the Bobcats have been unable to reach 90 points in the two previous losses this season. Will their fate be the same tonight? Let’s get to it with the QCH panel 3-on-3 style.
1- YOU’RE THE COACH. Doug Collins has transformed the Sixers into the best defense in the league, statistically. In two meetings with Philadelphia this season Charlotte has failed to reach 90 points. What must happen differently in order for the Bobcats to find more success on offensive end tonight?
Bryan Wendland: DJ Augustin needs to be aggressive for the Bobcats to win against a team as good as the ‘Sixers. That, and Kemba has to shoot at least 50 percent, Biyombo can’t have one of his Gana-Diop-esque invisible performances and Philly has to make some mistakes.
Jenn Kimbal: The heart of the 76ers defense lies in their ability to defend on the perimeter. Given this, the Bobcats’ big men, Thomas and Biyombo, need to capitalize inside the lane.
Mathew Lewis: Create turnovers and get out on the break. The Sixers are a great defense, particularly in the half-court. Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, and Andre Iguodala are three of the best on the ball defenders in the league, all of which will undoubtedly make it difficult for the Bobcats to create high percentage looks out of their sets tonight. D.J., Kemba, and the rest of the perimeter players will need to gamble a little bit in attempts to get out on the break and convert some easy baskets.
2- FACT or FICTION. Tyrus Thomas has shown positive signs recently and has now scored in double digits back-to-back games. Thomas continues to slowly become more effective with a double-double tonight.
Bryan: Fiction. I don’t know if he’ll go 10 and 10 tonight, but I believe he will be effective on offense, on the boards and on the defensive end of the floor.
Jenn: Fiction. A double double is a lofty goal for Thomas. Expect double digit points and 5+ rebounds, though.
Mathew: Fact. The Sixers are not a strong rebounding team, so I’ll give Tyrus a puncher’s chance at a double-double. Grabbing a few offensive boards and parlaying them into put backs could go a long way towards scoring in double digits.
3- PREDICTION. The Bobcats continue to search for their first winning streak of the season tonight as they try to make it two in a row, while the Sixers stumble into Charlotte, losers of three straight. Pick it.
Bryan: I may have had one or two green beers in me on St Patty’s day when I predicted a three game winning streak for the ‘Cats. They held up their end of the bargain so far, staving off the Raptors Saturday night, and I’m a man of integrity, so give me the Bobcats tonight in a close one.
Jenn: Sixers will have the win tonight. Although the Bobcats have shown promise over the past 5 games, they are just not an adequate match for Williams and Holiday.
Mathew: If there’s one thing the Sixers have done all season outside of playing lock-down defense it’s win games against inferior teams. Out of their 20 losses, only one has come against a bottom-dweller (loss to New Jersey in OT on January 25th). Philadelphia has routinely taken care of business against the League’s worst, and more often than not authoritatively. Unfortunately, the Bobcats fall into that category. Count on the Sixers to leave the Cable Box victors.