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Toronto Raptors (20-19) At Charlotte Bobcats (17-25)

January 20th, 2014 at 1:34 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

A day after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Toronto Raptors are back in action as they take on the Charlotte Bobcats. After winning three straight, the Raptors have lost two of their last three. The Bobcats have lost two of their last three and five of their last seven. This is the third and final meeting between the teams. The Bobcats have won both of the first two meetings by a total of four points.

Here are some notes for tonight's game:

  • The Raptors haven't won in Charlotte since March 2010. They have lost 10 of their last 13 against the Bobcats overall. For some reason the Bobcats have the Raptors' number and that needs to change today.
  • The Bobcats will be without point guard Kemba Walker as he is expected to miss 10-14 days with a sprained ankle. Walker is averaging 18.7 points per game, 5.0 assists per game, and 4.2 rebounds per game this season.
  • The Raptors will still be without forward Tyler Hansbrough who will miss his 10th straight game with a sprained ankle. John Salmons will dress for the Raptors, but it is unknown if he will play due to back spasms. Landry Fields did not make the trip to Charlotte due to personal reasons.
  • Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan had 30 points on 11-26 shooting in the last meeting between the teams. DeRozan is averaging 21.2 points per game this season, but continues to struggle late in games. He needs to find a way to carry over his strong play to the fourth quarter.
  • Bobcats center Al Jefferson had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the last meeting between the teams. Dating back to his days with the Utah Jazz, Jefferson has always been a Raptors killer and will try to lead his team tonight without Walker.
  • The Bobcats are 28th in the league averaging 93.9 points per game. They definitely have a tough time scoring the basketball and without their leading scorer in Kemba Walker, they should have extreme difficulty this afternoon. The Raptors are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA and should be determined to shut the Bobcats down after a rough outing yesterday against the Lakers.

Projected Starters

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas

Charlotte Bobcats: Ramon Sessions, Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Josh McRoberts, Al Jefferson

Due to it being Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, today's game will be played at 2 pm. ET.  You can watch the game on Sportsnet Ontario, East, West, and Pacific.

Let's Go Raptors!

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Tags: AL JEFFERSON, Basketball, BOBCATS, Charlotte Bobcats, Demar Derozan, JOHN SALMONS, Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry, NBA, RAPTORS, Toronto, Toronto Raptors, TYLER HANSBROUGH

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