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Game #52: Bobcats vs. Mavericks Preview

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Dallas Mavericks

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 22-29 98.4 (27) 101.0 (6) 95.3 (21)
Dallas 31-21 108.4 (4) 105.5 (23) 96.4 (14)


Charlotte: Brendan Haywood (OUT), Jeffery Taylor (OUT)
Dallas: Monta Ellis (DTD)

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Mavericks
PG Kemba Walker Jose Calderon
SG Gerald Henderson Monta Ellis
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Shawn Marion
PF Josh McRoberts Dirk Nowitzki
C Al Jefferson Samuel Dalembert
6th Man Ramon Sessions Vince Carter

Tonight Charlotte will have their hands full with a very potent offense in the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs are top-5 in offensive efficiency and they get it done from inside and out. When you roster Dirk, it’s obvious that your team will be able to score from all over the floor and Dallas is 4th in the league in FG% at 47.4%. They also get it done from behind-the-arc rather efficiently, shooting 37.8% from downtown (5th in NBA).

The flip side of the Mavericks offensive power is their below average defense – let’s have a look at how Charlotte could expose Dallas on the offensive end tonight. Dallas allows their opponents to shooting 46.2% from the floor – that’s good for 6th worst defensively in the league. Mavs opponents also get to the foul line 25.2 times/game (6th worst) and this is exactly where the Bobcats can grind on the visitors tonight. Considering the fact that Charlotte is 7th in the league in FTA/game at 24.7, the mindset offensively must be predicated on attacking the rim tonight. When the Bobcats take more FTA than their opponents they’re always in games and rarely do they lose.

An important 48 hours.: Tonight is a huge trampoline game for the Bobcats as they prepare to travel to Brooklyn tomorrow night – a game that will carry big time playoff implications leading into the all-star break. There is significant snowfall expected for the Charlotte region today + tonight, so the Bobcats may be playing in front of a small crowd.

Injury note: Monta Ellis did play Sunday in Dallas’ win in Boston and practiced yesterday, but did admit that his right hamstring was “a little tight”, so this makes his status for tonight interesting and something to keep an eye on.