Ridnour is standing tall lately. (Morry Gash/AP)
Bobcats (11-21, 3-9 road) @ Bucks (15-18, 8-5 home)
Gametime: 7:35 p.m. central time (FS Wisconsin)
|Raymond Felton||PG||Luke Ridnour|
|Matt Carroll||SG||Michael Redd|
|Gerald Wallace||SF||Richard Jefferson|
|Boris Diaw||PF||Luke Mbah a Moute|
|Emeka Okafor||C||Andrew Bogut|
Bobcats: Sean May (knee) is out. Raja Bell (groin) is questionable.
Nov. 22: Bucks 79 @Bobcats 74
Dec. 5: @Bucks 101 Bobcats 96
08/09 Advanced Stats:
Bobcats Offense: 26th (103.1 points/100 possessions) Defense: 13th (105.1) Pace: 28th (87.7)
Bucks Offense: 23rd (104.3 points/100 possessions) Defense: 8th (103.9) Pace: 11th (92.6)
New-look 'Cats. Charlotte has a fresh, new look since the last time Milwaukee saw them less than a month ago. The Bobcats traded away three-point/slam dunk specialist Jason Richardson in exchange for Boris Diaw and Raja Bell. Charlotte is 3-6 since the deal, but Boris Diaw has had some nice moments out of the Phoenix sun. In nine games with the Bobcats, the versatile Frenchman is averaging 15.0/8.1/4.9 and is hitting on 55.6 % of his long-range attempts. But he's also turning the ball over (3.9 TO) a ton and can't find his free-throw form (52.4 % from the line).
Bobbing for wins. The Bucks are already 2-0 against the Bobcats this season and have a chance to double the fun by tomorrow night, with a home-and-home series to start the weekend. Milwaukee just loves to play the Charlotte; they are an incredible 13-3 against Charlotte all-time. And who could forget Yi Jianlian's near-perfect game against the Bobs just a shade over a year ago? The former Milwaukee forward dropped 29/10 with three steals on 14/17 shooting in his best game as a pro. Current first round rookie forward Joe Alexander doesn't appear primed for a similar breakout game -- he has three DNP's in last four -- but with Charlie Villanueva quiet of late, perhaps Scott Skiles will find a few minutes for Alexander to audition. Meanwhile, Charlotte rookie D.J. Augustin is averaging 12.5 points and 4.3 assists, earning him a place among the top five rookies in the latest Blogger MVP/ROY Rankings.
- Inside issues. The Bobcats (.542) and Bucks (.541) have the two worst team shooting percentages on inside shots in the NBA. Both teams attempt a lot of shots around the basket however, so they are middle-of-the-pack in scoring inside.