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Preview: Charlotte Bobcats vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7 p.m., Tuesday

Bobcats vs. Mavericks

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Mavericks
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 18.4 4.3 G, J. Calderon 11.7 2.3
G, G. Henderson 15.3 4.3 G, M. Ellis 19.5 3.3
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 8.1 5.0 F, S. Marion 10.9 6.8
F, J. McRoberts 8.0 5.2 F, D. Nowitzki 21.9 6.1
C, A. Jefferson 20.0 10.6 C, S. Dalembert 6.4 6.2

Matchup to Watch

Dirk Nowitzki vs. Josh McRoberts: Nowitzki continues to be one of the NBA’s great scorers. His running, pull-up jumper is one of the hardest to defend shots in the league. The Bobcats are 1-17 all time against the Mavericks, and Nowitzki is a huge reason.


• The Mavericks missed out on

Dwight Howard

in free agency, but

Jose Calderon


Monta Ellis

in the backcourt have kept them in the playoff hunt out West.

• This is the second straight home game against a Southwest Division opponent, after the Bobcats lost by four Saturday to the San Antonio Spurs. The Bobcats are 0-4 against the Southwest this season.


• The Mavericks are top seven in every major offensive category: Points per game, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage and 3-point percentage.

• Gastonia’s

Darrell Armstrong

, a longtime NBA point guard, is now a Mavericks assistant coach.

Did you know?

The Mavericks were the last of 29 NBA opponents the Bobcats beat. The Bobcats lost their first 16 meetings before winning 101-97 in Charlotte last season. That was also the only time the Bobcats reached 100 points in this series.

Rick Bonnell