The Charlotte Bobcats are 7-55, just four losses from setting the NBA mark for futility in an NBA season by winning percentage. That mark is .109, set by the 9-73 Philadelphia 76ers in 1972-73. If the Bobcats lose out, they'll finish the season with a winning percentage of .106. If they win even one more game, the record is unattainable.
You understand why the Sacramento Kings and Sacramento Kings fans should be worried, yes? A loss to the Bobcats at this point comes with incredible embarrassment, and no one wants that. Shots of dejected Kings on the bench? A conceding Keith Smart? That's just ugly.
Is there reason to worry? Charlotte is, like most teams, better at home than on the road, though the Bobcats are still hilariously bad at home. Charlotte's home points margin is -11.7 (!), better than the road version -15.3 (good God!). Let us not forget, though, that Sacramento is awful on the road. The Kings' road margin is -10.2. Based on that alone, this is pretty close to a toss-up.
Of course, the Kings have roughly the top three or four players in the game if Marcus Thornton plays. DeMarcus Cousins is worlds beyond anyone Charlotte has up front. Tyreke Evans and Thornton would be the best wings on the floor. Chances are that Isaiah Thomas can outproduce Kemba Walker or Gerald Henderson. Charlotte is bad, even worse than the record indicates, and Sacramento should be able to win.
"Should" and reality have matched up a lot lately, so we'll see.
The game's a 3 p.m. tip for the West Coast. Game threads at 3 and 4:30. Let's go Sacramento.