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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/16/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



CHARLOTTE (14 - 51) at BOSTON (35 - 29)
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CHARLOTTE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games14-51-16.620-4428-3692.846.441.7%50.1102.852.847.0%53.5
Road Games6-27-7.411-2212-2190.345.240.8%49.3103.753.347.6%55.0
Last 5 Games1-4+11-42-387.447.239.5%
CHARLOTTE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)92.846.434-8241.7%6-1733.8%19-2574.7%501119197136
vs opponents surrendering97.64937-8244.9%7-2035.6%17-2275.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)90.345.233-8240.8%6-1732.3%18-2473.8%491217198135
Stats Against (All Games)102.852.839-8347.0%9-2338.8%16-2273.8%541225227147
vs opponents averaging97.849.137-8245.2%7-2035.9%17-2275.2%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)103.753.340-8347.6%9-2338.7%16-2172.6%551426217147

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games35-29-2.830-3131-3295.948.245.9%48.295.746.843.7%52.4
Home Games23-9+6.418-1316-1598.147.547.2%48.592.843.842.6%53.2
Last 5 Games3-2-1.83-22-391.046.844.5%47.892.447.042.7%49.6
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)95.948.237-8045.9%6-1735.0%16-2177.9%48823218144
vs opponents surrendering97.949.337-8245.2%7-2035.9%17-2275.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)98.147.538-8047.2%6-1634.4%17-2276.5%49724219145
Stats Against (All Games)95.746.836-8243.7%7-2033.4%18-2473.2%521121208155
vs opponents averaging97.749.137-8245.0%7-2035.9%17-2275.0%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)92.843.835-8342.6%6-2030.8%16-2370.5%531220208164
Average power rating of opponents played: CHARLOTTE 96.4,  BOSTON 95.5
CHARLOTTE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/4/2013@ MIAMI94-99L14W198U34-8042.5%471341-8150.6%4911
2/6/2013@ CLEVELAND95-122L6L206O37-7946.8%431352-9256.5%536
2/8/2013LA LAKERS93-100L6.5L206U38-8942.7%551036-8045.0%5113
2/9/2013@ PHILADELPHIA76-87L10L186U27-8830.7%54739-9341.9%6711
2/13/2013@ INDIANA77-101L11L185.5U26-8231.7%621641-9543.2%627
2/19/2013@ ORLANDO105-92W5W198.5U38-8146.9%541637-8941.6%5114
2/26/2013@ LA CLIPPERS84-106L16.5L196U33-8140.7%441641-7653.9%5515
3/1/2013@ UTAH68-98L9L194.5U28-8134.6%331238-7848.7%7122
3/3/2013@ SACRAMENTO83-119L7.5L209U28-7736.4%361342-9046.7%7218
3/4/2013@ PORTLAND105-122L13L197O45-9746.4%48849-8259.8%4611
3/8/2013OKLAHOMA CITY94-116L14.5L203O35-8541.2%43846-8156.8%5411
3/9/2013@ WASHINGTON87-104L10.5L187.5O32-7940.5%431235-7050.0%5216
3/15/2013@ TORONTO78-92L12.5L194U26-8032.5%481333-6848.5%5419
3/16/2013@ BOSTON              
3/24/2013@ MIAMI              
3/29/2013@ NEW YORK              
3/30/2013@ PHILADELPHIA              
4/1/2013@ MILWAUKEE              

BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/6/2013@ TORONTO99-95W4W192O35-7347.9%471334-8241.5%4715
2/7/2013LA LAKERS116-95W-1.5W194O46-8752.9%54936-8741.4%5612
2/11/2013@ CHARLOTTE91-94L-4.5L191U32-7741.6%481033-7742.9%5610
2/19/2013@ DENVER90-97L9W204U35-7944.3%491233-7742.9%547
2/20/2013@ LA LAKERS99-113L7L193.5O39-8247.6%441242-8350.6%5712
2/22/2013@ PHOENIX113-88W-1W189.5O44-7955.7%521235-8441.7%4913
2/24/2013@ PORTLAND86-92L1.5L192.5U36-8542.4%47935-7944.3%5316
2/25/2013@ UTAH110-107W8W189O41-8647.7%461239-8844.3%5313
3/1/2013GOLDEN STATE94-86W-4W196.5U36-7548.0%541732-9434.0%6111
3/5/2013@ PHILADELPHIA109-101W-2.5W183O42-8350.6%542241-10041.0%5214
3/6/2013@ INDIANA83-81W9W184U34-8341.0%511332-8836.4%5814
3/10/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY79-91L11.5L199U29-7737.7%511830-6844.1%4714
3/12/2013@ CHARLOTTE74-100L-10.5L187U27-6640.9%391335-7745.5%5710
3/20/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
3/22/2013@ DALLAS              
3/23/2013@ MEMPHIS              
3/26/2013NEW YORK              
3/27/2013@ CLEVELAND              
3/31/2013@ NEW YORK              
4/1/2013@ MINNESOTA              
CHARLOTTE: GUARDS: RAMON SESSIONS will have to adjust to a major downgrade in teammates, but he has the kind of versatile offensive skill set to be the focal point of this offense . . . The athletic GERALD HENDERSON has made strides the past two seasons. Realistically, his offensive skills are those of a No. 4 or 5 option . . . Coach Mike Dunlap is high on KEMBA WALKER, who was sometimes overwhelmed as a rookie. With a few new sets built in for him, he could thrive as a sixth man getting starter's minutes . . . BEN GORDON won't overtake Henderson, but should see big minutes as the Cats' only shooter . . . REGGIE WILLIAMS is a D-League talent . . . MATT CARROLL, in the final year of his $27 million deal, symbolizes everything that's gone wrong under Michael Jordan. FORWARDS: Drafting MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST was as much about changing the losing culture as it was adding a piece they needed. MKG's statistical output is a question mark, but he'll see big minutes as a defensive stopper and intangibles guy . . . This team is seriously lacking in the post, where they may have no choice but to play TYRUS THOMAS for significant minutes. The talented but uber-underachieving big man claims to have added 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason. If nothing else, they might showcase him in a desperate attempt to get some trade value . . . Rookie JEFFERY TAYLOR figures to make the team and has the versatility and athleticism to be a respectable second-unit guy. CENTERS: Charlotte sees BISMACK BIYOMBO as a franchise cornerstone. He can certainly rebound and block shots, but his offense is atrocious . . . BRENDAN HAYWOOD brings a veteran presence. At his age he can't go more than 15 or so minutes per night . . . BYRON MULLENS never saw a shot he didn't like. He'll get one more chance to prove he's an NBA rotation player, able to play the four or five . . . DeSAGANA DIOP is doing those things that DeSagana Diop does.
BOSTON: GUARDS: This offense now belongs to RAJON RONDO, and that should be especially true during the regular season . . . Even if he comes off the bench, JASON TERRY figures to see the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard. He provides some much-needed outside shooting after Ray Allen left and should challenge Paul Pierce for the team lead in shot attempts . . . Adding COURTNEY LEE was more of a move for the future. He's a fine young second-unit player for now and should be an heir apparent on one of the wings . . . AVERY BRADLEY could be out until December after shoulder surgery. As Boston's best perimeter defensive player, he could reclaim his starting job in the season's second half . . . The addition of LEANDRO BARBOSA gives Boston another veteran who can create his own offense in the second unit, something that was sorely missing in last year's playoff run. FORWARDS: PAUL PIERCE quietly had a great regular season last year. Though with some improved depth behind him, Rivers might have his 35-year-old All-Star wing rest more often . . . BRANDON BASS gives them another scoring option, even if he does struggle on the defensive end. He'll get full-time minutes only in certain matchups as long as the frontcourt is healthy . . . JEFF GREEN's heart condition is no longer a concern, but the tweener's role in Boston after a year off is cause for worry . . . There are already question marks surrounding rookie JARED SULLINGER's back. He's very similar to Bass: He can score out to mid-range but doesn't play much defense. Expect him to be strictly a second-unit player in his first NBA season . . . CHRIS WILCOX will provide fouls off the bench when healthy. CENTERS: The Celtics are prepared to go with KEVIN GARNETT in the middle, which was the case when they were at their best last season. His role on offense is still knocking down mid-range jumpers, and he's still an elite defensive player . . . Professional flopper JASON COLLINS will fill in nicely for the departed Greg Stiemsma . . . FAB MELO is years away from being ready to contribute (if he actually is ever ready to contribute) and DARKO MILICIC was also added via free agency for more frontcourt depth.
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*Bobcats-Celtics Preview* =========================


Charlotte (14-50) at Boston (35-29), 7:30 p.m. EDT

It seems very unlikely Doc Rivers will keep Paul Pierce or any of his top players out of this matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats considering how his Boston Celtics fared against them earlier this week.

A blowout by the lowly Bobcats was the result as Pierce was given a night off, leaving the Celtics in position to lose this season series for the first time if they don't extend their 10-game home winning streak Saturday night.

Those lengthy runs ending doesn't appear likely given the fact Charlotte's only two victories in its last 18 road games both came in Orlando, the team closest to the Bobcats (14-51) for the league's worst record. They've lost their last six road games by an average of 22.6 points.

However, they had dropped 10 straight overall before hosting Boston (35-29) on Tuesday, when Rivers decided to rest Pierce. Charlotte then rolled to a 100-74 victory as Gerald Henderson's career-high 35 points highlighted the Bobcats' most lopsided win in three years.

"That just wasn't our team. I was looking around, wondering where I was at," Pierce said after the loss. "That wasn't a team I recognized."

One reason Rivers sat the 35-year-old Pierce was the Celtics having to play the next day. For this matchup, Charlotte will be taking the court for a second straight night following Friday's 92-78 loss at Toronto.

The Bobcats haven't won this season series since entering the league in 2004 - they lead the current one 2-1 - and are looking to win three straight over the Celtics for the first time. However, they're 3-12 in Boston, including a 100-89 defeat Jan. 14.

Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 12 assists in that meeting but has missed the last two, including a 94-91 loss Feb. 11. The Bobcats won't mind if Pierce also sits out.

"Hopefully he rests when we play them again on Saturday," Ben Gordon said Tuesday when asked if Rivers sitting Pierce was a slap in the face. "Tell him to go get more rest."

That seems unlikely with the Celtics off since Wednesday when Pierce and Kevin Garnett played less than 24 minutes apiece, having both climbed the career scoring list in a 112-88 rout of Toronto. As Garnett had 12 points to reach 25,201 and pass Jerry West for 15th all-time, Pierce scored 15 to get to 23,763 and pass Charles Barkley for No. 20.

"The joke around here is that every two days or something we're making history," said the 36-year-old Garnett, now 78 points behind Reggie Miller for 14th place. "It's not a bad joke to be a part of."

Rivers had a joke of his own when describing the play of Jeff Green, averaging 15.2 points since the All-Star break after scoring 10.3 per game before it. Green had 20 points Wednesday after combining for 22 on 6-of-22 shooting in the previous two games.

"He has these big games sometimes and okay games... He wants to be the McDonald's," Rivers said. "You know what you're getting every time. Same quality. Every single time. Fries are always good."

Rivers' team, which hosts league-best Miami on Monday, is riding its longest single-season home winning streak since a 13-game run in 2008-09.

Boston will look to slow Henderson, who had a team-high 22 points Friday. Kemba Walker added 20 but shot 5 for 17 and is at 32.5 percent in March.

Charlotte is shooting 38.8 percent this month.

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