The Charlotte Bobcats haven't won consecutive games in nearly four months, a situation they'll try to change when they travel to Toronto to face the Raptors on Friday. The Bobcats are coming off a stunning 100-74 thrashing of Boston and are trying to notch back-to-back victories for the first time since wins on Nov. 19 and Nov. 21 - the latter of which came against Toronto.
Charlotte rolled up its most lopsided victory in more than three years Tuesday against the Celtics to snap a 10-game skid. The Raptors were the recipients of Boston's wrath, as the Celtics pounded them 112-88 a night later in Boston. Toronto has lost seven of its last nine. It's the third of four meetings. The teams have split the first two contests with the home team winning each.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Charlotte), TSN2 (Toronto)
ABOUT THE BOBCATS (14-50): The league's worst team looked like anything but that in routing the Celtics. Gerald Henderson went off for a career-high 35 points against Boston and has emerged as one of the team's top offensive players, and Josh McRoberts notched his first double-double since joining the Bobcats at the trade deadline. The Bobcats need someone from the bench to step up and provide a spark with sixth man Ramon Sessions out with a sprained medial collateral ligament. Sessions (14.4 points) is the team's No. 2 scorer behind Kemba Walker (17.2 points).
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (25-40): Injuries continue to hamper Toronto, which has lost forward Andrea Bargnani (12.7 points) for the season with a sprained right elbow. Leading scorer Rudy Gay returned to the lineup against Boston and scored 19 points after missing the previous game against Cleveland because of a stiff back. Gay has averaged 19.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17 games since the Raptors acquired him from Memphis. DeMar DeRozan (17.8 points) and point guard Kyle Lowry (12.5 points, 6 assists) form a talented backcourt.
1. Toronto F Amir Johnson needs one double-digit rebound game to become the fifth player in franchise history to record 50 games with 10 or more rebounds.
2. Henderson has scored in double figures in 17 of his last 19 games, averaging 16.2 points during that stretch.
3. The Bobcats have not allowed more than 13 turnovers in their past six games and are averaging 11 during that span.
PREDICTION: Raptors 99, Bobcats 96