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Charlotte Bobcats at Utah Jazz game preview


Fellow Bobcats fans, if you're not busy tonight, I recommend you do your taxes. And if you've already done your taxes, I recommend you do someone else's taxes.

Because I don't recommend any Bobcats fan watch tonight's game willingly.

Why? Because of Al Jefferson. In the past two seasons the Bobcats have played Jefferson and the Jazz twice. He averages 28.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists on 64.7 percent FG shooting. His matchup, Bismack Biyombo, has fared much, much worse: 1 ppg, 7 rpg on 20 percent FG shooting.

Jefferson is arguably the worst matchup in the league for Biyombo. I'm not sure anyone else in the league is as talented in the post on offense with his array of moves and fakes down low. These result in drawing fouls and taking advantage of Biyombo's developing basketball IQ.

The Jazz are pretty much a much more talented inverse of the Bobcats. Their frontcourt is loaded with talent: Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. If the Bobcats are lucky, Jefferson and Millsap will be out with sprained ankles, as both are listed as questionable for tonight. But I'd count on them playing because, you know, Bobcats.

Conversely, Utah's weakness is in their backcourt. Jamaal Tinsely or Earl Watson will start (Watson started their last game). Tinsely posts the better shooting percentages with 36.3 FG%, not that that says much. Watson's FG% is a horrendous 31.7 percent, which makes Cory Higgins looks like an offensive dynamo.

I fear this could be another ugly game against Utah.