Gametime: 7 p.m.
Defend the three-point line or die.
That's perhaps the biggest indicator of success for Golden State, though I haven't done much research about any others because, good lord, they shoot 47 percent from behind the arc in wins. When they win, they win big: their average scoring margin in victories is 13 points.
Of course, this is all easier said than done. Between Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, you have two of the best shooters with terrific form and great releases you'll find. They'd be even scarier were Andre Iguodala healthy, as he can run point and give Golden State the pleasure of having both Thompson and Curry off screens.
The Warriors also have Harrison Barnes, who's been quite efficient and seems to have the tools at the NBA level to become the player people thought he could become. He's got a nice shot, a sweet post game and is solid off-ball.
Their frontcourt is daunting. David Lee is a defensive liability but is a hoss on the glass and in the paint. Andrew Bogut gives Golden State versatility defensively in the team's interior and can also do work on the boards. Given that the Warriors like to run small at times with Barnes at the four to maximize 3-pointer opportunities, Golden State might prefer to play one of their big men at a time.
The Bobcats are rather poor at defending the three (24th in the NBA) because of what they give up to defend the paint. Defensively, the Bobcats should try to take advantage of the Warriors high turnover rate and attack the paint to draw fouls. Despite two solid big men in Lee and Bogut, the team as a whole doesn't rebound very well, which could play to the Bobcats advantage in conservatively using possessions.