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Apr 11, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) looks to shoot against Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) in the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Bobcats (40-39) vs. Hawks (37-43): Game 80 Preview

When: 7:30 PM ET

Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

Projected Line Ups: 

Bobcats Starters                                                      Hawks Starters

PG Kemba Walker                                               PG Jeff Teague

SG Chris Douglas-Roberts                                  SG Kyle Korver

SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist                                   SF DeMarre Carroll

PF Josh McRoberst                                             PF Paul Millsap

C Al Jefferson                                                       C Elton Brand

Reserves                                                                Reserves

PG Luke Ridnour, Janero Pargo                      PG Shelvin Mack, Dennis Schroder

SG Gary Neal                                                        SG Louis Williams

SF Anthony Tolliver                                            SF Cartier Martin, John Jenkins

PF Cody Zeller                                                      PF Mike Scott

C Justin Hamilton                                               C Mike Muscala, Gustavo Ayon, Pero Antic

Key Match Up:

Josh McRoberts vs. Paul Millsap-In their last match up Paul Millsap put on a clinic, scoring 28 points and 5 rebounds while holding McRoberts to five points and 1-7 shooting from behind the arc. If the Bobcats are going to get the win tonight they need McRoberts to find his range and hit some threes to help spread the floor and get that pesky double team off of Al Jefferson’s back.

Analysis:

The Bobcats are coming into this game with the 6th seed on the line (the Wizards play the Heat tonight) and looking to regain some of that momentum that earned them a playoff berth. Charlotte has been shaky since having their season high five game win streak snapped by the Celtics last Friday, nearly losing to the lowly Sixers on Saturday. Part of  Charlotte’s struggles have stemmed from the loss of kemba Walker, who returns tonight after missing two games with a groin injury, but that doesn’t explain their recent lack of defensive intensity.

If the Bobcats are going to get their mojo back, then there’s no better team to do it against than the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks have won all three prior match ups against Charlotte this season and currently have an 11 game win streak against the Bobcats. Charlotte  can kill two streaks with one win tonight too as they also have an 11 game losing streak to playoff bound teams on the line.

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