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Preview: Bobcats vs Raptors, Game 8

Who: Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Bobcats
What: NBA Basketball – Raptors Home Game
When: 11/10/2010 at 7pm eastern
Where: Live at the Air Canada Center in Toronto or on tv, SportSouth, and the radio, WBCN-AM 1660

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Toronto 1-6 103.4 (16) 107.8 (24) 96.6 (13)
Charlotte 1-6 99.5 (26) 105.9 (17) 90.3 (30)

Previous Meetings:

Toronto: Ed Davis – OUT
Charlotte: Kwame Brown – OUT; Boris Diaw – DTD

Starting Lineups

Raptors Bobcats
PG Jarrett Jack D.J. Augustin
SG Demar DeRozan Stephen Jackson
SF Linas Kleiza Gerald Wallace
PF Reggie Evans Boris Diaw
C Andrea Bargnani Nazr Mohammed

From the other side:
From Raptors Republic: Gameday: Raptors vs Bobcats – Nov. 10/10

Quick Thoughts:

Yuck.  Competing 1-6 records, mirror opposites in what they do mediocrely and poorly, with the Cats around average defensively and near the bottom in offensive efficiency, and the Raptors reversing, and the biggest name in the game is…Gerald Wallace?  No offense to Crash, but star power still tends to come from the other sideline when the Bobcats are involved – and Toronto lost theirs.  That’s decent news for the Cats as Chris Bosh has had some big nights against Charlotte in the past – but with early losses to Detroit and Indiana already this season, the Bobcats can take no one for granted.  The season is young – and Charlotte overcame a 3-9 start to last season to make the playoffs – but there is no reason to increase the degree of difficulty.

Turnovers – a key every game for this group, but maybe an area where some benefit can be gained tonight.  Toronto is 22nd in the league in turnover rate (CLT is the clear cellar dweller) and does only an average job of forcing them.  Maybe tonight the Cats can start their move back up the forced turnover rate standings, where they were highly ranked last year.