Saturday Gameday: Charlotte Bobcats at New Orleans Pelicans

11/01/2013 7:07 PM

11/01/2013 9:25 PM

Bobcats at Pelicans

8 p.m., New Orleans Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Pelicans
Po. Player PPG RPG Po. Player PPG RPG
G K. Walker 12.0 2.0 G J. Holiday 24.0 7.0
G G. Henderson 11.0 2.0 G E. Gordon 25.0 3.0
F M. Kidd-Gilchrist 7.0 8.0 F A. Farouq-Aminu 1.0 4.0
F J. McRoberts 15.0 4.0 F A. Davis 20.0 12.0
C TBD C J. Smith 8.0 2.0

Matchup to Watch

Anthony Davis vs. Josh McRoberts: Davis is the guy the Bobcats would have chosen had they picked No. 1 after that 7-59 season. Already an elite shot-blocker/rebounder, Davis’ offensive skills are expanding quickly.

Observations

• New addition Tyreke Evans gives the Pelicans depth and bench scoring at both small forward and point guard.
• Charlottean Anthony Morrow signed with New Orleans this off-season.
• The trade for point guard Jrue Holiday and shooting guard Eric Gordon’s return to health will eat into the development of former Duke star Austin Rivers.
• Owner Tom Benson’s decision to switch nicknames to Pelicans opened the way for the Bobcats to become the Hornets next season.

Tap-ins

• Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson is a great stretch-forward, the sort of long-range shooter the Bobcats need.
• Davis shot 56 percent from the field in the preseason.
• The Bobcats are 2-7 all-time in New Orleans.

Did you know?

Davis and Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchristwere the first college teammates (Kentucky) to go 1-2 in an NBA draft.

Rick Bonnell

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