NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 24th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (30-25) at Charlotte Bobcats (22-33), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Charlotte Bobcats aim for a franchise-best fifth straight win tonight when they host the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors in North Carolina.
Charlotte tied a club mark with its fourth straight win when it bested Philadelphia on Friday. Emeka Okafor came off the bench while battling the flu and scored 16 points to go along with 16 rebounds in the 102-87 win over the 76ers.
Matt Carroll, Gerald Wallace and Adam Morrison each scored 19 points for the Bobcats, who closed out last season with four straight victories to set the franchise record. Derek Anderson poured in 11 points in the effort.
Charlotte head coach Bernie Bickerstaff left the bench late in the first quarter after feeling ill. Bickerstaff's son, John-Blair Bickerstaff, assumed head-coaching duties for the remainder of the contest.
The Bobcats are just 13-15 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena this year, but have won four of their last five as the host. Charlotte, which is tied with Atlanta for last in the Southeast Division, will kick off a six-game road trip against the Clippers on Monday.
The club is again expected to be without forward Sean May (sore right knee), while guard Jeff McInnis is questionable due to a sprained right ankle.
The Raptors wrapped up a three-game homestand with two wins on Friday as Chris Bosh posted 23 points and 12 rebounds to lift Toronto over the Indiana Pacers, 110-88.
Jorge Garbajosa notched 16 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who have won three of their last four games and seven of their past nine overall. Rasho Nesterovic had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Andrea Bargnani contributed 13 points.
Toronto acquired Juan Dixon from Portland in exchange for guard Fred Jones at the trade deadline, but the guard was unable to make his debut Friday because Jones had yet to pass his physical with the Trail Blazers.
Tonight is the first of three straight road games for the Raptors, who are 10-17 as the visitor this season. The club holds a 4 1/2-game edge over the Nets for first place in the Atlantic standings.
This is the second of three meetings so far this season between the clubs. The Raptors captured the first game on January 22, 105-84, behind 20 points from Bosh. Toronto is 6-2 all-time against the Bobcats.
02/24 10:41:00 ET