Jan 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson (9) is fouled by Chicago Bulls small forward Tony Snell (20) during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Bobcats Final Regular Season Game vs. Bulls: Game 82 Preview

When: 7:00 Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte Starting Line up:  Bobcats                                                          Bulls PG Kemba Walker                                    PG Kirk Hinrich SG Gerald Henderson                             SG Jimmy Butler SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist                   SF Mike Dunleavy PF Josh McRoberts                                PF Carlos Boozer C Al Jefferson                                           C Joakim Noah   Match up to watch: Al Jefferson vs. Joakim Noah-It’s the best offensive big man verses the best defensive big man as these two juggernauts go up against each other for the third and final time this season (Jefferson did not play in their first regular season match up). Analysis:  The playoffs might as well start tonight because a lot is on the line for Charlotte as they seek to avoid an opening round series against the defending champion Miami Heat. Do to that, the Bobcats need to finally beat the Bulls for the first time in their four game season series. Their last match up was a bit of a heart breaker as the Bobcats kept it close down stretch, but lost 89-87 behind an outstanding performance from former Bobcat D.J. Augustine. The Bobcats advantage for tonight’s game rests on the fact that they now have a stronger back court to throw at the Bulls stingy defense. If Gary Neal can find his range and have a big night the Bobcats may be able to get over the hump that has allowed the Bulls to win 10 of 11 games against Charlotte in the last three seasons. But if the Bobcats don’t get back to their defensive roots and try to simply outscore the Bulls, the game may get out of hand and Chicago could send  Charlotte into their second playoff birth with a blowout. Not the way you want to start a playoff series.


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