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Saturday: Denver Nuggets at Charlotte Bobcats

Nuggets at Bobcats

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Nuggets
Pos, Player PPG RPG Pos, Player PPG RPG
G, K. Walker 17.4 3.4 G, T. Lawson 16.0 2.7
G, G. Henderson 13.1 3.7 G, A. Iguodala 13.2 5.5
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9.1 5.7 F, D. Gallinari 17.3 5.5
F. B. Mullens 13.0 8.0 F. K. Faried 12.2 9.8
C, B. Biyombo 4.4 7.2 C, K. Koufos 8.0 6.5

Matchup to Watch

Byron Mullens vs. Kenneth Faried: Mullens has discovered this season just what a good rebounder he can be. Faried is one of the NBA’s best, both in athletic ability and persistence retrieving the ball.

Observations

• Former Tar Heel Ty Lawson is one of the NBA’s quickest point guards. He’s scored 20 or more in 11 of his last 17 games.



• Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap coached on the Nuggets staff. Now one of Dunlap’s former players at Denver-based Metropolitan State, Patrick Mutombo, is on George Karl’s staff.



• The Nuggets have a very advantageous schedule the rest of the way; Saturday night will be their 31st of 41 road games.



Tap-ins

• This is the Bobcats’ last home game before embarking on a four-game West Coast trip.



• The Nuggets thumped the Bobcats in Denver just before Christmas, winning 110-88. That’s the game when Byron Mullens sprained his left ankle severely.



Did you know?

The Nuggets flew cross-country to play just two games – at Washington on Friday and at Charlotte on Saturday.

Rick Bonnell

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