The Dallas Mavericks are without Dirk Nowitzki and the Bobcats play them twice in the first five games of the year. The Washington Wizards are without John Wall and Nene, and the ‘Cats play them in their sixth game. The Charlotte Bobcats have to take advantage of these injuries.
Charlotte hasn’t beaten the Mavericks since the Bobcats came into existence, and the Wizards are a division foe. Neither win would make much of a difference in terms of the standings or a playoff push, but at the end of the year 27 wins would look a lot better than 25.
In fact, the Bobcats have to take advantage of any opportunity put in front of them this year, whether it be in the form of an opponents injury, an opposing team looking ahead to a big game, or some team playing the tail end of a long road trip.
The ‘Cats should circle every game that matches the description of the last thing on that list, and push to win all of those games.
One of those games comes against the Portland Trailblazers in early December. Portland, while not a great team, is much better than the Bobcats, and should win the game. They come to Charlotte for the sixth game of a seven game road trip, though, and that game is also smack-dab in the middle of a stretch of three games in five days.
If Charlotte can win three of the four games against those teams (and a bunch of games like these throughout the year), they’ll have won three games they probably shouldn’t have otherwise, and that could mean a lot in the final standings for the Bobcats.