Game #75: Bobcats @ Sixers Preview + Fresh PodCats Show |

Game #75: Bobcats @ Sixers Preview + Fresh PodCats Show

Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs Charlotte Bobcats

What: NBA Basketball – 76ers Home Game

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Live at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Efficiency
Defensive
Efficiency
Pace
Philadelphia 16-58 95.9 (30) 107.0 (27) 102.0 (1)
Charlotte 36-38 101.0 (23) 101.9 (8) 94.8 (21)

Injuries:
Philadelphia: Arnett Moultrie (OUT)
Charlotte: Brendan Haywood (OUT), Jeffery Taylor (OUT)

Starting Lineups

76ers Bobcats
PG Michael Carter-Williams Kemba Walker
SG James Anderson Gerald Henderson
SF Hollis Thompson Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF Thaddeus Young Josh McRoberts
C Henry Sims Al Jefferson
6th Man Tony Wroten Gary Neal

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In respects to the college basketball hype currently, tonight’s game has that feeling to it – somewhat. If the NBA postseason was seeded due to regular season resumes, this would be a no-win situation. A win does nothing to make you look better while a loss destroys everything.

Well, good thing this isn’t college basketball. That being said, it feels like a loss to the historically bad Sixers tonight would have a similar effect in the sense that it would theoretically destroy much of what the Bobcats have built this season – culture, confidence, respect.

How does Charlotte avoid laying an egg in Phila tonight and stay right on the heels of Washington for the #6 seed?

Spencer: If Charlotte comes out of the gate sharp defensively then they should be fine. The Sixers want to play at a furious pace, so when you can force them to execute in the half-court they make the game brutally difficult on themselves. Keep the Sixers away from easy baskets and they’ll chuck up prayers towards the rim all night long.

Al Jefferson should have no problem getting buckets tonight. In anyway that he wants. I think it’s safe to say that poor Henry Sims, who was a member of the Bobcats summer league team, is in for a long night.

Come out focused + committed defensively and I don’t see a scenario where Charlotte drops this one.

Greg: Just stick with what works — dump the ball down to Al Jefferson, let him work his defender, and go from there. The 76ers give up a lot of shots at a high FG% down in the restricted area, so Al should end up with a productive night. Pair that with some strong rebounding and low turnovers, and it should be an easy win. Charlotte will also need to resist the urge to push the ball, as Philadelphia plays at by far the highest pace in the league. Just don’t get sloppy.

Michael Kaskey-Blomain: Although losing to the struggling Sixers would be bad, as it has only happened 16 times total all season, I don’t agree that it would be disastrous to the Bobcats’ season. The Sixers, who are as close to full health as they are going to get all season, have actually played a little better ball over the past couple games.

That being said, the Bobcats can’t really afford to drop any games from here on out, especially if they want to catch Washington for that six seed. So, in order to get a win against the SIxers tonight, the Bobcats really just have to play their game as they have all season. The Sixers have no physical answer for Al Jefferson, as neither Thad Young or Henry Sims has the size or strength to bang with him. Feeding Jefferson early and often should help Charlotte establish their offense against one of the worst defensive teams in the league. The SIxers also can’t cover the 3, so some open attempts from long-range might be in order for Charlotte. If they can establish Jefferson early, and then play an inside-outside sort of game to get some open looks for their shooters, they should be able to score more than enough to defeat Philly.

Defensively, the ‘Cats need to put pressure on Michael Carter-Williams and make his job difficult. The Sixers’ offense is often initiated through him, so taking him out of it leaves the Sixers with few other offensive options. If the ‘Cats avoid a mental lapse and play to their potential they shouldn’t have a problem taking down the struggling Sixers.

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Doug Branson and myself (Spencer Percy) discussed the amazing comeback win against Washington, the #QuestFor6Seed and CDR + Cody Zeller’s emergence.

LISTEN HERE — PodCats 4/1/14

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