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Charlotte Bobcats @ Golden State Warriors Pick and Preview

If the Oklahoma City Thunder can finally lose one, then the Charlotte Bobcats can finally win one, right? I'm for the notion. Heck, I'm starting that notion. After the Bobcats blew a huge lead against a Lakers team with no identity and seemingly no spirit earlier in the week, I started thinking all hope would be lost in Charlotte. The blowout loss to the Suns on Wednesday didn't help.

But then I saw the Kings beat the Warriors, and I felt better about the Bobcats' potential heading into Friday night's tilt with said Golden State. The Warriors aren't a bad team at all at 17-9. They certainly present a risk, as they still can explode on offense at anytime and they now play better defense than they have in years. Not amazing defense, but it's certainly better.

Charlotte, on the other hand, has dropped a "now, that's more like it" 13 straight games and is playing pathetic defense (allowing over 104 points per game). At one time I gave them points for "competing" and "trying hard" on that end of the floor, but it's gotten to a point where moral wins just aren't cutting it.

This team started too hot and got our hopes up, and it's high time they stop looking like the old Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers, or, well, the old Bobcats. It's time for that talented youth to come together and get a friggin' win, already.

We thought for sure it'd come against the Lakers with a nice lead late in the game, but we may have to settle for one on Friday. It won't be easy. Stephen Curry is healthy and playing great basketball, while David Lee makes the Warriors balanced inside with almost 20 points per game, while he's equally nasty on the boards. Golden State will score points, and they'll score them in bunches. That means Kemba Walker and co. will have to be on all night, and they'll be attempting to do so on the road, where they've gone just 2-8.

These two teams actually match up quite well, as both have a nice balance of inside and outside scoring, and have some quality bigs that move well and crash the boards. Neither team is overly adept on defense and can fall into lapses, so we can probably expect more of an offensive run and gun show than anything else.

Golden State has the edge at home with better coaching and an overall better grouping of talent, but it's just time to get off the schneid. I mean, how long can this streak possibly go? Fifteen games? Twenty? Tonight's the night. Walker will drop 30 and 10, Ben Gordon will hit 20+ off the bench, Byron Mullens will chip in a quality double-double, and the Warriors won't shoot blistering percentages despite Charlotte's weak defense.

Give me Charlotte in a shootout, 107-104.