The Charlotte Bobcats are on a five game losing streak, but they’ve been in four of the past five late, and led two of them very late. Could tonight be the night they get back on the winning track?
To do that, they’ll have to get through the Milwaukee Bucks, a team in somewhat of a funk itself. The Bucks are losers of two straight and four of the last five.
Charlotte won the first matchup between these two teams 102-98 on Nov. 19 behind strong performances from Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions and Brandon Heywood.
Walker was on fire against the Knicks in Charlotte’s most recent game, but Heywood and Sessions weren’t much help in the loss.
The play of another guard for the Bobcats may decide this game, though; Gerald Henderson has played two games since coming back from injury, and against the Knicks he appeared to catch fire for a bit. Henderson scored 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and two-of-three shooting from behind the arc. He could take over in the starting lineup for Jeff Taylor, who should still continue to see solid playing time.
The Bucks are one of the best in the league at sharing the basketball, with 23 of their baskets per game coming off assists. Other than that, Milwaukee isn’t particularly scary at anything; They’re 19th in points per game, 17th in opponents’ points per game and 18th in rebounding.
As a team, Charlotte is going to have to win the battle of the boards, hold on to the ball late, and try to keep Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings from going off if they’re going to get back into the win column tonight.