The Charlotte Bobcats will be playing their third straight road game as face off against the Golden State Warriors tonight at 10:30 p.m. (ET)
After losing two in a row on their current west coast road trip, the Bobcats will be looking to right the ship as they travel to Oakland to face off against a red-hot Warriors team that is 7-3 when playing at Oracle Arena. The (17-9) Golden State Warriors are just 2.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for first place in the Pacific Division.
The Bobcats are staying focused and remain positive despite blowing an 18 point lead against the Lakers on Tuesday night. Head Coach Mike Dunlop claims his team has not lost hope during the course of their league worst 13 game losing streak.
Things have gone badly for the Bobcats after a strong start to the season. That initial stretch where the Bobcats needed just 12 games to surpass last season’s win total has quickly faded. Since reaching their seventh win, the Bobcats have not only lost 13 in a row, but have continuously found ways to blow big leads in the second half of games. It’s something we’ve come to accept from this group of young players.
Owner Michael Jordon is clear about his mission and plans to stick with the Bobcats for the long haul. Jordon is doing all he can to help build a team that can consistently compete with the best teams in the NBA. With one of the youngest teams in the league and a first year head coach to boot, the Charlotte Bobcats are optimistic about the future regardless of their current play.
What to Watch For
Point guard Kemba Walker is playing his best ball of the season, averaging 29 points, and 6.5 assist over his last three. Walker has slowly rounded into form for the Bobcats in his second year in the NBA, and Warriors guard Stephen Curry should have his hands full tonight.
Likewise, Stephen Curry is having arguably his best year as a pro. Curry is sporting career highs in nearly every statistical category, averaging 20 points, 6 assist, and 4 rebounds per game through the first quarter of the season.
Warriors PF/C David Lee has picked up the slack down low in the absence of injured center Andrew Bogut. Lee is one of the league leaders in double-doubles and can score in a variety of ways and from a variety of angles. His interior game is hard to defend, partially because of his ability to use either hand.
That should pose a problem for the Bobcats as they lack the type of big men capable of guarding Lee. The Warriors high powered offensive attack should have no problem taking advantage of the Bobcats vulnerable defense.
Prediction: Golden State Warriors 108, Charlotte Bobcats 99
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