Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Bobcats Gameday

Bobcats at Mavericks

8:30, American Airlines Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Mavericks
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 16.0 4.2 G, J. Calderon 11.1 2.0
G, G. Henderson 14.4 4.8 G, M. Ellis 21.7 3.1
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9.5 5.3 F, S. Marion 12.2 7.0
F, J. McRoberts 8.3 5.2 F, D. Nowitzki 20.5 6.1
C, A. Jefferson 15.8 7.9 C, S. Dalembert 7.7 6.9

Matchup to Watch

Dirk Nowitzki vs. Josh McRoberts: Nowitzki is already a Hall of Famer who might spend his entire career with the Mavericks. McRoberts has a big challenge here, chasing around a 7-footer who is also one of the game’s best pull-up jump-shooters.

Observations

• The Mavericks had a load of free-agent money last summer, but didn’t get a big catch, like

Dwight Howard

. So they gathered up complementary players like

Monte Ellis

and

Jose Calderon.

• The Mavs are a surprising 10-7, but that record doesn’t have the same weight in the West it would in the struggling East.



• Mavs big man

Brandan Wright

was technically a Bobcats draft pick. He was chosen eighth overall in 2007 and immediately shipped to Golden State in the

Jason Richardson

deal.



• The Bobcats’ defense – among the best in the NBA – will be tested by a Mavs offense that is fifth in scoring, seventh in field-goal percentage and first in free-throw percentage.



Tap-ins

• Mavs point guard Calderon missed practice Monday with an ankle bruise.



• The Bobcats are already 0-2 in visits to Southwestern Division cities, having lost in Houston and New Orleans



• The Mavs give up the second-most points in the NBA at 103.



Did you know?

Before last season’s 101-97 victory in Charlotte, the Bobcats were 0-forever against the Mavs, having lost the first 16 meetings.

Rick Bonnell

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