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Charlotte Bobcats vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 7 p.m., Saturday

Bobcats vs. Blazers

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Blazers
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker17.64.2G, D, Lillard21.23.6
G, G. Henderson14.54.1G, W. Matthews16.43.8
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist7.45.0F, N. Batum13.37.4
F, J. McRoberts8.44.9F, D. Wright13.37.4
C, A. Jefferson21.310.4C, R. Lopez10.98.6

Matchup to Watch

Kemba Walker vs. Damian Lillard: Lillard came into the NBA with a terrific pick-and-roll game and he’s also an accomplished 3-point shooter. He’s already made 186 3s this season, breaking his own Blazers record.

Observations

• The last game in Portland, Ore., was a 30-point victory by the Blazers, who outscored the Bobcats in every quarter. The Blazers have won seven of the past eight meetings between these teams.

• The Blazers have played the past four games without All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has been out with a lower-back contusion.

Tap-ins

• This is the Blazers’ first game of an East Coast trip. They are 19-15 away from Portland, the fifth-best road record in the NBA.

• If this game is tight at the end, the Bobcats can’t afford to foul Lillard; he’s 88 percent at the foul line this season, fifth in the NBA.

Did you know?

The Bobcats give up a lot of 3s this season and that was particularly true in that game in Portland – the Trail Blazers made 21 of 33 3-point attempts, scoring nearly half their total points outside the arc.

Rick Bonnell

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