December has not been a month to remember for the Charlotte Bobcats (7-19) in 2012.
Despite the all-star play of Kemba Walker, the Bobcats are winless in 14 games and allowing a league high 110.4ppg. It’s only right that the Bobcats face the Denver Nuggets (14-13), who are 7-1 at home this season and scoring 104.7ppg this month.
The Nuggets dynamic scoring attack is led by Danilo Gallinari’s 15.7ppg. While Gallinari is the team’s leading scorer, the Nuggets, like the Phoenix Suns, have multiple scorers capable of having big nights. The Nuggets have six players who average double digits in scoring and are an unpredictable team to deal with.
The Bobcats this season have struggled against teams with multiple scorers, who push the ball, and throw different looks at defenses with their offensive talent. The Nuggets are also a strong rebounding team, ranking first in offensive and total rebounding totals.
The Bobcats don’t share the Nuggets offensive success, but they are sharing their defensive struggles.
The Nuggets rank 25th in opp. scoring, and 27th in opp. three-point %. The Bobcats played another struggling defensive team in the Suns earlier this week, and it didn’t seem to be an advantage for the team.
The backcourt of the Bobcats could be a bit shorthanded tomorrow. Gerald Henderson is questionable with a right shin contusion, and Ben Gordon is battling soreness in his knee. This would give more minutes to Ramon Sessions, Reggie Williams and Jeffrey Taylor.
Players to watch:
- Danilo Gallinari, Nuggets: Gallinari got off to a slow start this season, but he’s finally starting to play well again this month. He’s averaging just under 16ppg and shooting 36% from three. Gallinari is an excellent three-point shooter, and with the way the Bobcats have been defending the three this season, this could be the game where he can solidify a return to his big-time shooting form. The Nuggets three-point shooting overall has been down this year, but Gallinari is always capable of going on big streaks. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will get the task of guarding him, so hopefully they can contain him.
- Ramon Sessions, Bobcats: Sessions is finally starting to get back to his November production. He’s shooting 49% from the field and averaging 14ppg off the bench. Sessions has been a huge luxury to have off the bench this season. The Nuggets are a deep team, and if Gerald Henderson and Ben Gordon can’t go tomorrow, the Bobcats are going to need another good night from Sessions to have a chance.