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Charlotte Bobcats vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7 p.m., Tuesday

Bobcats vs. Mavericks

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Mavericks
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker18.44.3G, J. Calderon11.72.3
G, G. Henderson15.34.3G, M. Ellis19.53.3
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist8.15.0F, S. Marion10.96.8
F, J. McRoberts8.05.2F, D. Nowitzki21.96.1
C, A. Jefferson20.010.6C, S. Dalembert6.46.2

Matchup to Watch

Dirk Nowitzki vs. Josh McRoberts: Nowitzki continues to be one of the NBA’s great scorers. His running, pull-up jumper is one of the hardest to defend shots in the league. The Bobcats are 1-17 all time against the Mavericks, and Nowitzki is a huge reason.

Observations

• The Mavericks missed out on Dwight Howard in free agency, but Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis in the backcourt have kept them in the playoff hunt out West.

• This is the second straight home game against a Southwest Division opponent, after the Bobcats lost by four Saturday to the San Antonio Spurs. The Bobcats are 0-4 against the Southwest this season.

Tap-ins

• The Mavericks are top seven in every major offensive category: Points per game, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage and 3-point percentage.

• Gastonia’s Darrell Armstrong, a longtime NBA point guard, is now a Mavericks assistant coach.

Did you know?

The Mavericks were the last of 29 NBA opponents the Bobcats beat. The Bobcats lost their first 16 meetings before winning 101-97 in Charlotte last season. That was also the only time the Bobcats reached 100 points in this series.

Rick Bonnell

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