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The Suns come to Charlotte

Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs Phoenix Suns
What: NBA Basketball – Bobcats Home Game
When: 11/7/2012 at 7pm eastern
Where: Live at Time Warner Cable Arena (Fox SportSouth)

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Charlotte 7-59 93.8 (30) 108.9 (30) 92.4 (19)
Phoenix 33-33 104.4 (9) 104.5 (22) 94.3 (9)

Meetings from last season:
2/4/12 – 95-89 Phoenix – Boxscore

Charlotte: Gerald Henderson – OUT
Phoenix: None

Starting Lineups

Bobcats Suns
PG Kemba Walker Goran Dragic
SG Ben Gordon Jared Dudley
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Michael Beasley
PF Byron Mullens Luis Scola
C Brendan Haywood Marcin Gortat
6th Man Ramon Sessions Markieff Morris

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network
1- STATS: Charlotte and Phoenix both rank in the bottom third of the league in offensive and defensive efficiency- what will be the key stat tonight in order for one side to turn the tide in their favor?

Mathew: Turnovers. The Bobcats forced the Pacers into 19 turnovers in their one-point win last Friday night while only committing 11. The extra possessions add up. If the Bobcats can win the turnover differential by more than five they will have a good shot at winning tonight.

Spencer: Turnovers. Bobcats lead the league in turnover ratio (18.9%- percentage of possessions that end in a turnover), so I think they can use this to their advantage tonight and create more possessions and scoring opportunities than their opponent.

Brett: 3-point makes for Phoenix. With their best defender at the 2 out, the Bobcats are going to be making due with extra Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon at the spot – so, the defense is weakened. After watching Dallas torch the nets against the Bobcats zone, seeing how the Cats adjust will be interesting.

2- RUN, RUN, RUN: Wouldn’t you know that these two teams are tied for possessions used per game at 98- that ties for 4th in the league. That being said, this will presumably be an up-tempo, high scoring affair. Assuming both teams use 98 possessions tonight, which roster has more tools to capitalize on those opportunities?

Mathew: Suns. Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon should step in for the injured Gerald Henderson relatively well on the offensive end, but the Bobcats are still a very limited on that end of the court. The Bobcats probably do try to push the pace even more with their smaller lineups on the floor tonight, though I think the Suns are better equipped with the likes of Dragic, Beasley, and Dudley.

Spencer: The Suns are well equipped to score more around the basket than Charlotte is with guys like Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat, so you could assume that Phoenix has more of a chance to score more efficiently and get higher percentage looks.

Brett: The Suns. Even though he’s not working the pick and roll with Steve Nash anymore, Goran Dragic has developed pretty nicely as well, so Marcin Gortat will give the Bobcats trouble. Oh, and the crafty Luis Scola will be a nuisance for Mullens, Bismack and Tyrus.

3- PICK IT: Will the Bobcats improve to 2-0 at home, or will the Suns end their early season east coast swing on a positive note with a win? Why?

Mathew: Bobcats. They’re currently leading the League (I know, small sample size) in Offensive Turnover Percentage at 10.4%, while ranking 3rd in forcing turnovers on 18.4% of opponent’s possessions. I think it makes the difference tonight between two teams who are both struggling to score the ball efficiently.

Spencer: Bobcats. If they continue to take care of the basketball as they have so far this season and don’t get crushed on the glass then I think they can take this tonight at home. The Suns limp into tonight’s game coming off back-to-back blowouts at the hands of the Heat and Magic. Kick em’ while they’re down. Big night from Ben Gordon and MKG here.

Brett: I’m going to give this one to the Suns. Yes, the Bobcats are at home, but they’re also down a key player, and they’re very young with a new coach.