Mar 17, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) shoots the ball over Atlanta Hawks center Pero Antic (6) during the second half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Atlanta defeated Charlotte 97-83. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Bobcats (33-35) vs. Nets (34-31): Game Preview


When: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn

Projected Line Ups: 

Bobcats Starters                                                Nets

PG Kemba Walker                                            PG Deron Williams

SG Chris Douglas-Roberts                              SG Shaun Livingston

SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist                                 SF Joe Johnson

PF Josh McRoberst                                          PF Paul Pierce

C Al Jefferson                                                   C Mason Plumlee

Reserves                                                           Reserves

PG Luke Ridnour, Janero Pargo                   PG Marquis Teague, Jorge Gutierrex

SG Gary Neal                                                SG Marcus Thornton

SF Anthony Tolliver                                       SF Andrei Kirilenco, Alan Anderson

PF Cody Zeller                                               PF Mirza Teletovic

C Justin Hamilton                                            C Andray Blatche, Jason Collins

Key Match Ups:

Kemba walker vs. Deron Williams-Walker had a pretty good shooting night against the Hawks on Monday night, he’ll need to do the same against an aging but good point guard in Williams. Williams play, along with the surprising contributions of former Bobcat Shaun Livingston, has the Nets on the rise with one of the best records in the east since the All-Star break.

Al Jefferson vs. Mason Plumlee-To be honest, Plumlee has played pretty well in his rookie season. But he’s a kid going up against a man in Big Al. Look for Jefferson to have a big night against the rookie and make up for that poor showing against the Hawks; who doubled teamed him for most of the night when McRoberts went cold at the arc.

 

Analysis:

As the season winds down, there are only a few more games left to play and less and less opportunities for the Bobcats to catch up to the Wizards (6th seed) and the Nets (5th seed). With only two games left against the Wiz and Nets, who both sit two games ahead in the standings, the Bobcats can make up some serious ground and clinch a seed against a beatable first round team. They will have to find that shooting touch that seemed to disappear against the Hawks on Monday night.

Prediction:

Bobcats edge out Nets 95-93

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