Mar 24, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) in a time out during the second half of the game against the Houston Rockets at Time Warner Cable Arena. Rockets win 100-89. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Bobcats (35-37) vs. Magic (20-52): Game 73 Preview


When: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Amway Center, Orlando

Projected Line Ups: 

Bobcats Starters                                                  Magic Starters

PG Kemba Walker                                              PG Jameer Nelson

SG Chris Douglas-Roberts                              SG Victor Oladipo

SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist                              SF Maurice Harkless

PF Josh McRoberst                                           PF Tobias Harris

C Al Jefferson                                                      C Nic Vucevic

Reserves                                                               Reserves

PG Luke Ridnour, Janero Pargo                PG Ronnie Price, Adonis Thomas

SG Gary Neal                                                    SG E’Twaun Moore, Doron Lamb

SF Anthony Tolliver                                        SF Arron Afflalo

PF Cody Zeller                                                  PF Jason Maxiel, Andrew Nicholson

C Justin Hamilton                                            C Kyle O’Quinn, Dewayne Dedmon

Key Match Ups:

Al Jefferson vs. Nic Vucevic-The two big men haven’t gone head to head since their first match up in December, where Big Al was held in check and the Magic came away with the 92-83 win. But that was a long time ago and Jefferson was still getting his feet back. Look for Jefferson to have a big day against Vucevic this time around.

Analysis: 

This is the third match up of the two divisional foes, their last game a big 111-101 win in January for the Bobcats. But the Magic were missing their best player in center Nic Vucevic. But the Bobcats are nearing the end of the season tunnel and see the bright lights of the playoffs ahead. The Bobcats are securely in the playoffs as of right now (5 game lead on 9th seeded Knicks) but are still fighting for that 6th seed to play a beatable Raptors team in the first round.

Having come off a big overtime win against the 5th seeded Nets, the Bobcats have a lot of confidence and momentum going forward. Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker have been outstanding in their last few outings, both contributing a combined 43.4 points per game in their last five games. And now that the Bobcats are playing meaningful games in march for the first time in years, don’t expect any drop offs, especially from the two Charlotte All-Stars.

Prediction:

Bobcats keep moving forward, win 100-94.

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