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Bobcats @ Wizards Preview: 2-on-2 with ‘Truth About It’

Who: Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Bobcats

What: NBA Basketball – Wizards Home Game

When: 8:00 PM ET

Where: Live at Verizon Center

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Washington 19-41 95.8 (30) 99.7(6) 94.4 (13)
Charlotte 13-49 97.3 (29) 109.2 (30) 94.3 (14)

Previous Meetings:
2012/11/13 – 76-92 – RecapBoxscore

2012/11/24 – 104-108 – RecapBoxscore

Washington : Bradley Beal (Questionable)
Charlotte: Ramon Sessions (OUT)

Starting Lineups

Wizards Bobcats
PG John Wall Kemba Walker
SG Martell Webster Gerald Henderson
SF Trevor Ariza Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF Emeka Okafor Byron Mullens
C Nene Bismack Biyombo
6th Man Bradley Beal Ben Gordon

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network 1- STATS: Well, the Wizards are the only team in the league that is less efficient offensively than Charlotte. That stat is somewhat skewed due to the return if John Wall, but what is the factor that leads to these two teams struggling so much on the offensive end?

Spencer: For Charlotte it’s pretty simple — depending on guards to generate points far too often. That, in turn, will lead to a ton of contested jumpers and bad shots at the end of the shot clock. Teams number one priority when defending the Cats is to keep Kemba out of the lane and when they’re able to effectively do that, then Charlotte settles for jumpers. A lot. I’ll let Kyle explain Washington’s struggles.

Kyle Weidie (TruthAboutIt.net): Teams have learned that if they pack the paint against John Wall and double Nene (and effectively rotate on the shooters) then they can beat the Wizards. Sure, Wall is hitting more jumpers from the right elbow area lately, but his limited range well inside the 3-point line still doesn’t create enough space. With no Bradley Beal, who has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, the Wizards really don’t have any other ball handlers who are a threat to score in a variety of ways. Martell Webster is the closest thing to that, but even he has his limitations. And touching upon Nene, he has been very turnover prone lately and needs to accept more responsibility for that and also take more of a leadership role on offense. Limitations in his game seen by George Karl in Denver are starting to arise in D.C.

2- OVER/UNDER: In two games against Washington this season Kemba is shooting just 26.7% from the floor. O/U 18 points on at least 45% shooting tonight?

Spencer: Under. The Wizards have been a good defensive team this season — Kemba’s struggles against this club aren’t just an outlier. Would like to see Kemba have a nice night, because he’s been inconsistent of late, but I have a feeling that John Wall is going to take his lunch tonight. Often.

Kyle: Under. I’m assuming that the lengthy Wizards perimeter defenders will be a little more motivated at home tonight after two straight losses and losing four out of the last five. But, making assumptions with these Wizards, especially when they’re playing the Bobcats, using leaves someone smelling like ass.

3- PICK IT: Cats or Wizards, and why?

Spencer: Wizards. Because I think they’re a much better basketball team. Well, who isn’t? 95-88 Wiz.

Kyle: Wizards 90-84. I doubt Bradley Beal will play, but I think Washington still takes care of business on their home floor, where they tend to play better against higher quality teams. So, with that in mind, you might think the Bobcats would have more than a puncher’s chance, but that chance is greatly diminished without Ramon Sessions, who’s normally a Wizards killer.