Wednesday: Charlotte Bobcats at Indiana Pacers

02/12/2013 8:08 PM

02/12/2013 8:25 PM

Bobcats at Pacers

7 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse

TV: SportSouth Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Pacers
Pos, Player PPG RPG Pos, Player PPG RPG
G, K. Walker 17.3 3.5 G, G. Hill 14.6 4.1
G, G. Henderson 12.8 3.4 G, L. Stephenson 8.3 3.8
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9.2 5.8 F, P. George 17.8 7.8
F. B. Mullens 12.6 8.1 F. D. West 17.4 7.6
C, B. Biyombo 4.4 7.0 C, R. Hibbert 9.9 8.3

Matchup to Watch

Paul George vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: George is having a breakout season at small forward. Rookie Kidd-Gilchrist’s play has fallen off of late. He hasn’t had a double-figure scoring game in his past 11.

Observations

• The Pacers have been one of the NBA’s best defensive teams this season, but they can struggle to score. Raleigh’s David West is the Pacers’ best half-court option, with a variety of mid-post jump shots and drives.
• The Pacers’ recent five-game winning streak included playing three games in three nights and winning them all.
• The last meeting between these teams was a blowout, with the Pacers winning 103-76. Center Roy Hibbert dominated with 18 points and seven rebounds.

Tap-ins

• After going small for scoring purposes in previous games, Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap kept center Bismack Biyombo in for defense and rode out a fourth-quarter victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday.
• The Pacers lead the NBA, averaging 45.5 rebounds per game. Rebounding is never the Bobcats’ strength.

Did you know?

The Pacers can play some stifling defense. They recently held the Philadelphia 76ers to 69 points on 31-of-90 shooting.

Rick Bonnell

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