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Game #64: Bobcats vs. Nuggets Primer + Links

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Denver Nuggets

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 29-34 99.6 (25) 101.6 (7) 95.2 (21)
Denver 27-35 103.1 (16) 105.2 (21) 100.0 (3)


Charlotte: Gerald Henderson (game-time decision), Brendan Haywood (game-time decision), Jeffery Taylor (OUT)
Denver: Nate Robinson (OUT)

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Nuggets
PG Kemba Walker Ty Lawson
SG Chris Douglas-Roberts Randy Foye
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Wilson Chandler
PF Josh McRoberts Kenneth Faried
C Al Jefferson Timofey Mozgov
6th Man Gary Neal Evan Fournier
  • The settling news: The Nuggets had to play last night. And not only that, but they lost and had to go to overtime to do it. Denver should have heavy legs tonight coming into Charlotte. The unsettling news is that these are the winnable home games that Charlotte simply can’t afford to slip up in – Bobcats are three games behind a surging Brooklyn team for the #6 spot in the east and five games ahead of ninth-place Detroit.
  • Charlotte and Denver are propped right next to each other in Marc Stein’s latest ESPN Power Rankings — Bob’s don’t move from last week.
  • The Nuggets are 3-12 in their past 15 games, so it’s safe to say that it’s been a struggle since the all-star break. Trending in the wrong direction has been fueled by turnovers – Denver is averaging 17.4 TO/game in the past 15, opposed to 15.8 for the season. For the season, Denver has been an average to slightly below average defensive team, but in the past 15 games they’re sporting a pathetic 110.1 defensive rating. Probably a bi-product of the tank rank rising more than anything.
  • Trying to stop Ty: Lawson has has an all-star type of year for the Nuggets and he’s probably the only guy on this roster that’s involved in the long-term rebuilding plan. He’s averaging 18.5 PPG, 9.0 APG + sporting a PER of 20.36 (5th among PG’s) this season. Ultimately, Lawson is pretty much everything that Bobcats fans should want Kemba to become.
  • Gerald Henderson is considered a game-time decision tonight, but Chris Douglas-Roberts has filled in very nicely lately. CDR is averaging 13.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG + shooting 8-13 (61%) from behind-the-arc since sliding into the starting lineup for Hendo last Wednesday. CDR allows the team to play a little bit faster and also space the floor much more effectively. It will be very interesting to see how Clifford manages his minutes once Hendo does return.
  • Sounds like Brendan Haywood is very close to returning to action and will basically depend on when he feels most comfortable with it. I doubt that he’d slice into Biz’ minutes too much and would likely only serve as a value on night’s that Charlotte played an opponent with huge centers.
  • Charlotte has to jump on Denver early tonight and use the Nuggets heavy legs against them. If you want to realistically believe that the Bobcats can catch Brooklyn for the #6 then tonight is absolutely a MUST-WIN.
  • Prediction: 99-92 Bobcats.