Preview: Charlotte Bobcats vs. Denver Nuggets

01/28/2014 5:57 PM

01/28/2014 5:58 PM

Bobcats vs. Nuggets

9 p.m., Pepsi Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Nuggets
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, R. Sessions 10.7 2.1 G, T. Lawson 17.8 3.4
G, G. Henderson 15.1 4.2 G, R. Foye 10.7 2.4
F, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 8.1 4.8 F, W. Chandler 13.7 4.8
F, J. McRoberts 8.1 5.2 F, K. Faried 10.0 7.7
C, A. Jefferson 18.9 10.5 C, J. Hickson 11.5 9.1

Matchup to Watch

Ramon Sessions vs. Ty Lawson: Lawson, the former North Carolina star, is as fast off the dribble as any NBA point guard. Sessions is also up there, as far as getting to the rim with the ball.

Observations

• When you play in Denver, of course, a visiting team is adapting to high altitude. The Bobcats haven’t won a road game against the Nuggets since 2007.
• There was quite a shakeup in the Nuggets’ organization after last season. Longtime coach George Karl is gone. Brian Shaw, an assistant with the Lakers and then the Pacers, got his first shot at being an NBA head coach.

Tap-ins

• This is the start of a tough West Coast trip. The Bobcats will also play the Lakers, Suns and Warriors.
• Former N.C. State star J.J. Hickson is one the NBA’s better low-post scorers (not quite Al Jefferson, but accomplished). This is Hickson’s fourth team in six NBA seasons.

Did you know?

There are six total players listed on NBA rosters this season as being under 6-foot tall. The Nuggets arguably have the two best in Lawson and Nate Robinson. The others: Isaiah Thomas (Kings), John Lucas III (Jazz), Shane Larkin (Mavericks) and Phil Pressey (Celtics).

Rick Bonnell

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