The Portland Trail Blazers (108.2 PPG), the league's top scoring team, will match up with the Charlotte Bobcats at Moda Center. With a 25-7 record, the Trail Blazers have separated themselves from the pack. Entering with a record of 14-19, the Bobcats are still looking for answers. This game has a start time of 10:00 pm EST and it will be covered by SportSouth and CSN-NW.
The Trail Blazers come into today's game after beating Oklahoma City, 98-94. With 21 points and 11 assists, Damian Lillard recorded second double-double of the season. Meanwhile, the Bobcats are coming off an ugly 112-85 loss against the Clippers. However, Al Jefferson had a solid game, accumulating his 13th double-double so far this year with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Expect this one to be a clinic on boxing out, as two of the NBA's top rebounding teams face off. Portland is among the league's best on the offensive glass, ranking fourth in OR% at 29.0%. Meanwhile, Charlotte ranks first in the NBA at corralling defensive boards with a DR% of 77.0%. The Bobcats should also expect to protect the ball well. They rank second at avoiding errors (TO% of 13.1%). Conversely, the Trail Blazers force the third-fewest turnovers in the league (opponents' TO% of 13.8%).