Nov 03, 2012; Dallas, Tx, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Byron Mullens (22) looks to drive past Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion (0) during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Dallas Mavericks: Game 5 Preview

Tonight, the Charlotte Bobcats will face the Dallas Mavericks. Both teams look completely different than last season. For starters, Charlotte’s Brendan Haywood is playing against his former team tonight. Haywood won a championship ring with the Mavericks two seasons ago. In addition, the Maverick’s leading scorer is someone not named Dirk Nowitzki. O.J. Mayo leads the Mavericks in scoring with 21.6 points a game. The Dallas Mavericks are ranked second in scoring in the NBA. Dallas is also ranked 12th in rebounds per game, and 8th in assists per game for the entire NBA. The Charlotte Bobcats are ranked 6th in scoring in the NBA. Although the Bobcats are ranked 30th in points allowed in the NBA, they seem to be on the up-and-up.

Tonight’s game will be a tough one for the Bobcats. The Mavericks have several veteran low-post players in Kaman, Brand and former Tar Heel Brandan Wright, who are playing well with the season. The key to tonight’s game will be for the Charlotte Bobcats to control the boards, and forcing turnovers. Tonight’s premiere match-up will be Gerald Henderson versus O.J. Mayo. Gerald is known for his defense. Slowing down Mayo will be huge for the Bobcats.

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