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Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Bobcats: Regular Season Game 50 Open Thread

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The Essentials:

Wizards (17-32) vs. Bobcats (24-25)
7 p.m.
Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: CSN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Notable Bobcats numbers this season

12th in expected winning percentage (.533)
27th in pace (90.7 possessions per game)
24th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (103.8 points/100 possessions)
5th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (102.9 points allowed/100 possessions)

Pre-game links

Rufus on Fire, SB Nation's Bobcats Blog
Queen City Hoops
Rufus on Fire game preview
GameDay Charlotte

Tonight's Projected Starters
Wizards vs. Bobcats
Randy Foye PG Raymond Felton
Mike Miller SG Stephen Jackson
Caron Butler SF Gerald Wallace
Antawn Jamison PF Boris Diaw
Brendan Haywood C Nazr Mohammad

Charlotte is a great defensive team and a terrible, yet pesky offensive team. In other words, they win by out-efforting you. Those types of teams tend to beat the Wizards every time. Throw in the fact that the WIzards haven't been home because of the snow and the fact that it's the last game before the all-star break -- which, trust me, the Wizards, more than ever, need because of all they've gone through -- and there's major letdown game potential tonight.

Then again, Charlotte just lost to a Chris Paul-less New Orleans team on Saturday, so they're kind of limping to the break as well.

Tyson Chandler's coming back for Charlotte, though I doubt he starts. Nazr Mohammad's doing just fine, and John Hollinger, for one, has him on his all-underrated storylines team (wait, that sentence made no sense). There's also a rumor going around that Charlotte's closing in on a trade that would send D.J. Augustin to Boston for Glen Davis, which makes sense because Boston needs a point guard and Charlotte needs a power forward. Finally, Gerald Wallace is in the dunk contest. That's what you need to know about Charlotte.

GO WIZARDS!