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Game #24: Bobcats vs. Lakers 2-on-3 Preview

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Los Angeles Lakers

What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 10-13 94.7 (29) 97.7 (5) 95.3 (24)
Los Angeles Lakers 10-12 101.3 (15) 103.7 (22) 100.2 (3)

Charlotte: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (OUT)
Los Angeles Lakers: Steve Blake (OUT), Jordan Farmar (OUT)

Starting Lineups

PG Kemba Walker Kobe Bryant
SG Gerald Henderson Jodie Meeks
SF Jeffery Taylor Wesley Johnson
PF Josh McRoberts Jordan Hill
C Al Jefferson Pau Gasol
6th Man Ramon Sessions Nick Young

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network 1- STATS. The Lakers want to play fast as they are 3rd in the league in the PACE category – it’s likely that’ll be at the top of their game plan tonight due to the fact that Charlotte’s defense can be devastating for opponents in the half court. How do the Bobcats slow down the Lakers?

Spencer: Down get lackadaisical on the offensive end and settle for long jumpers – creates long rebounds, which in turn lead to run-outs and easy baskets for the Lakers. This isn’t an extremely stingy Lakers D, so with some commitment the Bobcats should be able to get some solid looks around the rim tonight.

Greg: Do what they’ve done all year — grab defensive boards and avoid turning the ball over. The Bobcats are first in DRB% and third in offensive TOV%, which helps limit second-chance and fast-break points. There’s not much Charlotte can do about L.A. jacking up attempts early in the shot clock, though, so they’ll also need to be aware and contest shots.

2- KOBE. The Lakers were drubbed by 25 last night in OKC. Everyone wants to make the, ‘Oh no, Kobe’s angry’ references — what say you?

Spencer: I’ll go ahead and poo-poo the Mamba being angry pitch. Charlotte is a better team than the Lakers are and Kobe dominating the ball + forcing shots against a team that defends well/controls the defensive glass should be a positive for us.

Greg: Kobe might be angry, but he’s still human. He’s played under 30 minutes in each of his three games so far, and I doubt they’ll take many chances on the second night of a back to back. He had a 20-point outburst in Phoenix, but otherwise looks as rusty as you’d think, averaging six turnovers a game and shooting 38.5 percent from the floor. Kobe’s not Kobe yet.

3- PICK IT. Kobe or no Kobe, this is a game the Bobcats should get in my opinion. Who ya got?

Spencer: Bobcats. The effort was there last night, so if Charlotte can come anywhere close to that energy again tonight I think they take this one. Both teams are coming off a back-to-back, but the Lakers are coming off a blowout loss in OKC.

Greg: The Lakers have older legs and had to travel from OKC to Charlotte overnight. I think that alone gives the Bobcats an edge. On an even playing field, I might take L.A., but the Lakers can probably mark this one down as a schedule loss.