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Preview: Bobcats vs Hornets, Game 18

Who: New Orleans Hornets vs Charlotte Bobcats
What: NBA Basketball – Hornets Home Game
When: 12/01/2010 at 8pm eastern
Where: Live at New Orleans Arena, or on tv, SporthSouth, and radio, WBCN-AM 1660

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
New Orleans 12-5 104.7 (14) 99.9 (3) 92.2 (24)
Charlotte 6-11 104.5 (16) 105.5 (15) 92.5 (22)

Previous Meetings:

New Orleans: None
Charlotte: Gerald Henderson – Out;  Not an injury, but Stephen Jackson is out due to suspension

Starting Lineups

Hornets Bobcats
PG Chris Paul D.J. Augustin
SG Marco Belinelli Dominic McGuire
SF Trevor Ariza Gerald Wallace
PF David West Boris Diaw
C Emeka Okafor Nazr Mohammed

From the other side:
From Hornets247.com –

Consider that slump over after tonight. The Hornets are going to beat the Charlotte Bobcats, and they are going to do so handily. I’ve yet to recap a loss this season, and there’s no chance that the Bobcats take this one down. NO CHANCE!!!!
Game on: Bobcats @ Hornets

Quick thoughts:
I might consider Hornets247 to be a little over-confident considering the Hornets have lost 4 of their last 5 games. San Antonio, Utah, and Oklahoma City – fair enough – but the Clippers? Come on.

One area of advantage for the Bobcats? Rebounding. While both teams are strong defensive rebounding squads, with the Bobcats 6th in defensive rebound rate and the Hornets at 7th, the Bobcats are a far stronger offensive rebounding squad, ranking 11th in the league in offensive rebound rate and the Hornets bring up the rear at 30th, grabbing about 5% fewer offensive rebounds than the Bobcats, 21.4% to 26.8%.

The Hornets hold a similar statistical advantage: Turnovers. The Bobcats are the worst in the league in committing turnovers, 30th in turnover rate at 16.6%. The Hornets force turnovers at the 9th highest rate in league, 14.4%.

Silver lining in a dark cloud: With Stephen Jackson out, his 3.2 turnovers per game go away. The reality – it increases usage on everybody else and will cause the rest of the team to do more than normal, resulting in what will likely be more turnovers.