When: 9:00 P.M. ET
Where: Pepsi Center Denver, Co
Charlotte Bobcats: Denver Nuggets:
PG Ramon Sessions PG Ty Lawson
SG Gerald Henderson SG RandyFoye
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF Wilson Chandler
PF Josh McRoberts PF Kenneth Faried
C Al Jefferson C J.J. Hickson
Match up to Watch: Josh McRoberts vs. Kenneth Faried
Analysis: The Bobcats are opening up a four game western road (Denver, Los Angeles (L), phoenix, and Golden state) against a Nuggets team that has had there number as of late. In their last three match ups going back to the 20011-12 season, the Nuggets have bested the Bobcats by an average score of 107-91. But those Bobcat teams didn’t have a 6-10, 289 pound scoring/rebound machine at center.
This seasons match up of the two teams will be a lot more competitive, with the defense that the Bobcats have played this season the Nuggets shouldn’t be able to hit that ridiculous scoring average. Plus, since last season, the bobcats now have decent depth coming off of the bench (Janero Pargo, Cody Zeller, Chris Douglas-Roberts). That said, the Bobcats will miss not having their best scorer Kemba Walker on hand, but Ramon Sessions has been a more than adequate back up. They might actually be a little better off with out Walker in the line up tonight.
The Nuggets are a team with out a real go to guy on offense, they do a great job of spreading the ball around. The Bobcats on the other hand primarily go off of Jefferson and Walker’s offense. With out Walker, the Bobcats are a little more effective at spreading the ball around and getting everyone involved, although at the end of the game Big Al is always the closer.
The match up I cant wait to watch tonight will be the battle between Josh McRoberts and Kenneth Faried. Faried is such a beast on the boards and is always hustling up and down the court. It’ll be interesting to see if McRoberts can keep up.