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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. Walker 17.6 4.2 G, D, Lillard 21.2 3.6
G, G. Henderson 14.5 4.1 G, W. Matthews 16.4 3.8
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 7.4 5.0 F, N. Batum 13.3 7.4
F, J. McRoberts 8.4 4.9 F, D. Wright 13.3 7.4
C, A. Jefferson 21.3 10.4 C, R. Lopez 10.9 8.6

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.


• 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.


• 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