Who: Charlotte Bobcats vs. Denver Nuggets
When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte
PG Kemba Walker PG Ty Lawson
SG Gerald Henderson (Game Time Decision) SG Randy Foye
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF Wilson Chandler
PF Josh McRoberts PF Kenneth Faried
C Al Jefferson C Timofey Mozgov
Key Match Up: Kemba Walker vs. Ty Lawson
The Denver Nuggets are in town as the Bobcats return home after playing four of their last six games on the road; including a three game stretch against the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.
For the Bobcats, the trip back home comes at just the right time as they come out of perhaps the toughest four game stretch in the league last week with a 2-3 record. The Bobcats lost some ground in their race for the East’s sixth seed (3 game behind Brooklyn Nets) and are only two games ahead of the Atlanta Hawks sitting in the eighth seed. Fortunately for the Bobcats, they are pretty good at home this season (17-14) and have won six straight home games, capped off by a beat down of the league leading Indiana Pacers.
If the Bobcats can win tonight’s home game, they will have won seven straight and match their franchise second best home win streak record; held by the 2009-2010 squad led by Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson (they had their longest home win streak of nine games that season as well).
The Nuggets come to Charlotte on the cusp of a recent road loss to the New Orleans Pelicans as they continue a five game road trip. The Nuggets are nine games back of the West’s eighth seed and fighting to keep their dissolving playoff chances alive.
In their last match up earlier this season, the Bobcats bested the Nuggets 101-98. But both squads were without their playmaking point guards Kemba Walker (ankle) and Ty Lawson (shoulder). Walker has had his moments lately, but has once again struggled to hit from the field. Walker has scored just 12.6 points per game in the last five and is shooting a woeful 34 percent from the field. On the other side, Ty Lawson is averaging 24 points and 11 assists in the Nuggets last five; but does have a minor heel injury that may keep him out of this game in favor of backup Aaron Brooks.