Saturday, February 9, 8:00 PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
11-38 (5th Southeast, 15th East)
21-27 (4th Atlantic, 9th East)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
THE ENEMY: K. WALKER | G. HENDERSON | M. KIDD-GILCHRIST | B. MULLENS | B. BIYOMBO
Updated: 9:39 PM, February 8, 2013
A Tale Of Two Defenses
The Charlotte Bobcats feature the league's worst defense, having allowed 103.3 points per game through the first 49 games of their season. The Sixers, on the other hand, are sixth in the league in points allowed, giving up just 95.6 points per game on the year. Over the teams' last five games, the disparity between them has been even more pronounced, with the Sixers allowing an NBA-low 83.2 points per game and the Bobcats giving up 106.4.
Walking The Line
Despite their lack of star power and offensive efficiency in general, the Cats rank second in the league in free-throws made per game (19.5). Conversely, the Sixers rank last in free-throws made per game this season (11.8). Over Philly's last five games, that number has dropped to just 6.8 free-throws made per game, making them the only team during that stretch to post a single-digit number in that category.
Since matching their 2011-12 win total (seven) just 12 games into the 2012-13 season, the Bobcats lost a jaw-dropping 18 straight games. Since their (relatively) hot start, Charlotte is just 4-33. Since November 19, they have beaten just one team with a .500+ record (@ CHI, December 31).
Heartbroken Once Again
After taking a 20-point lead over the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night, the Bobcats were torched 31-15 in the final frame en route to a 93-100 home loss. Kobe Bryant scored 15 points in the fourth quarter after being held scoreless in the first half.