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Suns Vs. Bobcats Preview: Suns Host Bobcats Looking For 4th Straight Win

Phoenix is looking for a fourth straight win against the improved Bobcats.

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The Suns are currently riding a season-high three-game winning streak, Phoenix looks to extend that number to four as they host the 7-17 Charlotte Bobcats tonight at the U.S Airways Center. Here is your game preview

  • Tipoff: 7 p.m. MST/9 p.m. EST
  • TV/Radio: Fox Sports Arizona/Arizona Sports 620
Projected Starting Lineups
  • PG - Goran Drajic vs. Kenba Walker
  • SG - Shannon Brown vs. Gerald Henderson
  • SF - Jared Dudley vs. Michael Kidd-Gilcrist
  • PF - Luis Scola vs. Bismack Biyambo
  • C - Marcin Gortat vs. Byron Mullens
Key Matchup

Kenba Walker vs. Goran Drajic - Over his last two games, Walker is averaging 30 points and seven assists. Walker leads the Bobcats in points, assists and steals. The point guard in Charlotte has shot at least 20 field goals in each of the past two games. Drajic has been relatively quiet in his last four games, averaging 11.3 points and 6.3 assists per game. The Charlotte offense runs through Walker, he is the key distributor while being the go-to scorer for the Bobcats.

Key Stat

103.8 - This is the number of points that the Charlotte Bobcats allow per game. This puts them dead last in the NBA. Phoenix is 12th in the NBA in scoring, and 25th in points allowed. Expect this game to be a high scoring affair as both teams should be able to put up points.

Keys to Victory

Start Fast - The Bobcats fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 101-100 last night. They are in the middle of a four-game road trip and the Suns need to exploit that. Phoenix needs to take advantage of the tired legs that Charlotte is sure to have, look for Phoenix to have a fast first quarter and get a lead early on.

Win Inside - The Suns are much more athletic down low with Marcin Gortat and Louis Scola. Bismack Biyambo is only averaging 4.6 points per game and Byron Mullens just 11.7. Scola had 10 assists in Phoenix's victory over Sacramento and Gortat is averaging over two blocks per game. Phoenix needs to take advantage of their presence inside.