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
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.
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.
Bobcats edge out Nets 95-93
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