The Charlotte Bobcats are an hour away from tipping off against the Washington Wizards from Time Warner Cable Arena. The Wizards pummeled the Bobcats in the teams last meeting in Washington D.C. Trevor Ariza had 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Martell Webster had 20 points. Webster has been one of the most underrated free agent signings this season.
Making just a little over $1.7 million this season, Webster is averaging over 20 points in his last five games. He’s also shooting 51% from three and 49% from the field in that same span. After dealing with injuries in past seasons, Webster is finally healthy and has been shooting lights out all season.
The Bobcats, who struggle defending the three-point line, are going to have to be careful with him and Bradley Beal on the perimeter tonight. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will get the assignment of containing Webster’s fire from distance.
John Wall has also been on a tear lately. The former Kentucky Wildcat is averaging 22 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in his last five games. Wall is starting to show why he was so highly coveted and taken #1 overall three seasons ago. Wall and Kemba Walker should be another good matchup of young point guards.
The Wizards have been showcasing a good mix of young talent and veteran players and have hit 100 points or more in three of their last five games. They’re gaining confidence as the season reaches the finish line and looking to string together wins to build on for next season.
We’ve mentioned all season how the Wizards are one of those teams that are better than their record. The team they have could certainly be a playoff team next year in what’s proven to be a weak Eastern Conference. The Bobcats have matched up well in previous meetings, but I’m not so sure they’re going to be able to handle the Wizards and how they’ve been playing lately.
The Bobcats will looking for their 15th win of the season in the Queen City after a tough two-game swing on the road against the Raptors and Celtics.