Matchup: Philadelphia 76ers (17-62) At Charlotte Bobcats (40-39)
Venue: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
PG: Michael Carter-Williams Vs Luke Ridnour
SG: James Anderson Vs Gerald Henderson
SF: Hollis Thompson Vs Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF: Thaddeus Young Vs Josh McRoberts
C: Henry Sims Vs Al Jefferson
After a disappointing loss to a struggling Boston Celtics team, the ‘Cats will have an opportunity to avenge yesterday's defeat with a game against the 76ers tonight at the Cable Box.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, Washington was able to take care of business in Orlando last night, with a 96-86 victory over the Magic to pull one game ahead of Charlotte for that precious six seed in the conference. The Wizards are the clear favorite in their game tonight, as they playing the lowly Milwaukee Bucks at home. If both Washington and Charlotte win tonight, the Wizards will have to lose at least one of their last two games against Miami or Boston for the ‘Cats to have any shot of overtaking them in the standings. Meanwhile, the Bobcats would have win both of their last two games (at Atlanta and at home against Chicago) to secure the conference’s six seed. The Bobcats do hold the tiebreaker against Washington if the two teams have the same record at the end of the season.
Now to the game at hand. Philadelphia comes into tonight’s game having lost 37 of their last 41 games, which includes a 26 game losing streak that was snapped at the end of March. Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young are the team’s lone bright spots, as Carter-Williams is the favorite to win the NBA’s Rookie of The Year award, while Thaddeus Young has produced another magnificent year, averaging 18.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 2.1 STL thus far.
This will be the season’s final meeting between the 76ers and Bobcats. The ‘Cats have won two of three meetings against Philly, with Charlotte’s lone loss to tonight’s opponent coming in mid-January.
Despite yesterday's frustrating loss to Boston, the 76ers are too bad of a team for the ‘Cats to lose to at home. Look for Charlotte to rebound nicely with a 104-88 win over Philadelphia to keep their hopes of earning the East’s sixth seed alive.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe