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Game #56: Bobcats vs. Pelicans Preview

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, Charlotte, NC

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 25-30 99.4 (25) 101.1 (7) 95.3 (21)
New Orleans 23-30 104.7 (9) 106.1 (26) 94.4 (24)

Previous Meetings:

11/2/14 — 105-84 Pelicans

Charlotte: Brendan Haywood (OUT), Jeffery Taylor (OUT)
New Orleans: Jrue Holiday (OUT), Ryan Anderson (OUT), Jason Smith (OUT)

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Hornets
PG Kemba Walker Brian Roberts
SG Gerald Henderson Eric Gordon
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Al-Farouq Aminu
PF Josh McRoberts Anthony Davis
C Al Jefferson Alexis Ajinca
6th Man Anthony Tolliver Tyreke Evans
  • Simply put, tonight is a must win game for Charlotte. It’s their last opponent that’s under .500 for awhile (5 games) + it’s at home. Three of the Bobcats next five games will be on the road and four of them will be against championship contending teams (@ San Antonio, @ OKC, @ Miami, vs. Indiana – YIKES).
  • It’s unknown as of right now whether or not Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour will suit up for the Bobcats tonight. I’d say they likely joined the team sometime this morning and if they go through shoot-around with the team then there’s probably a good chance they’ll be active tonight.
  • The Bobcats are hot. The Pelicans are not – New Orleans has lost three of it’s last four games and are now squarely out of the playoff hunt in the Western Conference. NOLA has been a bi-polar team all season long, but defense (or lack thereof) has led them down the wrong path. Monty Williams is a very good coach and typically a defensive stickler, but I think it’s safe to say that he hasn’t meshed well with this locker room – NOLA ranks 26th in the league in defensive efficiency and we’re seeing the effects of having a disgruntled Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans, just in general, on the same roster. The lone bright spot for this team as of late is making Pierre the Pelican less terrifying.
  • It should be interesting to see how Clifford manages the minutes for this team due to the trade. Neal and Ridnour will allow the Bobcats to play small in stretches. Hendo will be able to slide to the SF position, with MKG + Tolliver being able to play more PF. Imagine this lineup – Ridnour, Kemba, Neal, MKG and Jefferson. Interesting possibility.
  • Note: DON’T MISS THE PODCATS SHOW TONIGHT AT 6:30 PM ET — we’ll be talking the trade + taking you right up to tip at 7pm.