#WizBobcats Preview

By: Jeremy Hyman

Last Season vs. Charlotte

The Bobcats won the season series, 3-1.

What to Watch For

Defense First - The Bobcats enter tonight's game ranked 3rd in the NBA in points allowed, giving up just 95.8 points per game. The Wizards have slipped down to 13th (100.0 ppg) after giving up over 100 points in their last two games. These two head coaches want their teams to think defense first and build their identities on that side of the ball. Tonight's game will likely come down to which team can get more stops and rotate on the defensive end.

On the Road Again - It's not often a team looks forward to going on the road for a week, but this may be a good thing for a Wizards team that has dropped six of seven at home and won four of five on the road. There is no real explanation for this anomaly, as last year the team was much better at home than on the road. But, right now the Wizards need wins no matter where they play and they'll want to start off another road trip with a win tonight in Charlotte.

Who's Hot

Wizards - Trevor Booker is averaging 8.7 points and 12.7 rebounds over the Wizards last three games.

Bobcats - Al Jefferson scored a season-high 27 points in a win over the Kings on Saturday.

X-Factor

3-Point Shooting - Over their last three games, the Wizards are just 15/56 (27%) from 3-point range which has been one of the main causes to their skid. They are still shooting over 38% on the season and will rely heavily on their 3-point shooters to help win tonight's game.

The action kicks off at 7:00pm at the TWC Arena.

John Wall

vs.

Kemba Walker

19.7
PPG
18.4
4.2
RPG
4.6
8.8
APG
4.3
.424
FG %
.417

This is always a fun matchup to watch as John Wall and Kemba Walker usually bring out the best in one another. Wall was on a torrid scoring streak, having scored 20+ points in eight straight games, but then tampered off over the last two games, held to just 11 and 14 points respectively. He'll look to get back on track tonight and lead the Wizards to a road win in his home state of North Carolina.

As for Walker, he's coming off a 30 point effort in a home win over Sacramento on Saturday and is having an outstanding year leading the Bobcats. He has the capability to take over a game, both scoring and distributing, and has given the Wizards fits in the past.

John Wall goes in alone for the dunk.

Wizards
John Wall
6-4 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 19.7 | RPG: 4.2 | APG: 8.8
PG Kemba Walker
6-1 | 184 lbs |
PPG: 18.4 | RPG: 4.6 | APG: 4.3
Bradley Beal
6-5 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 17.5 | RPG: 3.9 | APG: 3.0
SG Gerald Henderson
6-5 | 215 lbs |
PPG: 15.0 | RPG: 4.3 | APG: 2.7
Trevor Ariza
6-8 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 14.4 | RPG: 5.6 | APG: 2.5
SF Chris Douglas-Roberts
6-7 | 210 lbs |
PPG: 5.4 | RPG: 2.6 | APG: 0.7
Trevor Booker
6-8 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 6.9 | RPG: 7.0 | APG: 1.2
PF Josh McRoberts
6-10 | 240 lbs |
PPG: 7.9 | RPG: 5.6 | APG: 4.2
Marcin Gortat
6-11 | 240 lbs |
PPG: 12.4 | RPG: 8.4 | APG: 1.7
C Al Jefferson
6-10 | 289 lbs |
PPG: 17.4 | RPG: 10.1 | APG: 1.8


Wizards (14-17)
vs.
Bobcats (15-20)
98.4
PPG
93.2
42.5
RPG
43.0
23.0
APG
19.3
.446
FG%
.423
.464
OPP FG%
.435
.383
3PT FG%
.335
.750
FT%
.726
15.7
TO
13.1
5-5
Last 10
4-6

Glen Rice (wrist) - Out
Al Harrington (knee) - Out


Bobcats Brendan Haywood (foot) - Out
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hand) - Out
Jeffery Taylor (Achilles) - Out

1/7 - WAS @ CHA 3/12 - CHA @ WAS
3/31 - WAS @ CHA 4/9 - CHA @ WAS