Jan 6, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Bobcats won 108-101 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats at Toronto Raptors: Game 35 Preview


The last time the Bobcats played the Raptors it may have been the most exciting game of the whole season for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats in that game won by scoring a big bucket late, and by playing a great defensive sequence to seal the victory. The Bobcats will be looking for a repeat performance on Friday night in Toronto.

The Bobcats are coming off a trouncing at the hands of the Utah Jazz, in which they got dominated in the front court.

Friday night the Raptors will be going for their 10th win in 13 games. However, the Bobcats will be going for their 3rd straight road win.

The Bobcats will need to watch out for Demar Derozan, who is averaging 18.1 ppg.

Andrea Bargnani will not play due to injury, and the Raptors will also be missing a couple other key players. This bodes well for the Bobcats because of the difficulty they had controlling Bargnani last time these two teams faced off.

For the Bobcats, the defense must improve. The Bobcats are ranked 30th overall in points allowed giving up 104.0 ppg. Also, Ben Gordon must continue his superb play. Gordon scored 20 again Wednesday night versus the Jazz. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has played impressive basketball of late, and had a great game versus the Utah Jazz scoring 15 points.

Kemba Walker has been the steady scorer on the Bobcats this year, and his improved play will be an important factor in deciding the winner of Friday nights game.

Overall, the keys to the game for the Bobcats are controlling their turnovers and keeping the Raptors under 100 points.

The game tips off Friday at 7 p.m. in Toronto.

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