The Charlotte Bobcats (10-12) are looking to get back on track tonight in Indiana against the east leading Pacers (19-3) at 7:00 PM ET.
The Cats, who are 2-1 in their last three games are coming off of a disappointing home loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Prior to the loss the Cats had shown some life on offense that helped them put away two quality opponents in the Warriors and Sixers.
Hopefully the Cats can get some of that offensive spark back tonight; they’ll need all they can get against a Pacers team that leads the NBA in Points Allowed (89.3) and has one of the best, most physical front courts in the NBA. There will need to be some quality scoring from the primary offensive trio of Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson and Al Jefferson if they stand any chance of an upset on the road.
Walker and Henderson should match up well with the Pacers back court of George Hill and Lance Stephenson; but they’ll need to find their shooting range because it’s going to be tough to find any scoring down the lane against the Pacers.
The Bobcats front court will have a tough match up against a deep and talented Pacers front court, which features one of the best center/forward duos in Roy Hibbert and David West. Jefferson should give Hibbert headaches tonight and the athletic combination of Bismack Biyombo, Josh McRoberts and Cody Zeller could be tough for a less mobile David West.
The weak link in the starting line up will be Jeff Taylor, well, depending on which Taylor shows up. Taylor will have to match up against one of the best two way players in the NBA in Paul George. Taylor struggled in his last game, but had a 20 point and 8 rebound game in his first night as a starter last Friday against the Sixers. If he can get over the ankle injury and hit some early shots, maybe he can find some confidence and provide the Cats offense some much needed 3 pt scoring, and stretch the court for Walker, Henderson and Jefferson to do their work inside.
The Bobcats have lost four straight to the Pacers, their last win coming in last seasons home opener; but if the Cats can pull off the upset, they will be the first to beat the pacers at home this season (10-0)
When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Bankers Life Field House, Indianapolis
Match up to Watch: Al Jefferson vs. Roy Hibbert