National Basketball Association
Preview
Toronto at Charlotte
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, March 6, 2015
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Toronto Raptors hope to get back on track when they open a three-game road swing against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. The Raptors have lost six of their last seven and are coming off a 120-112 setback to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday to drop back-to-back games at the Air Canada Centre for the second time since early February. Toronto has not fared much better on the road losing four of its last five, including a 103-98 defeat to the lowly New York Knicks on Feb. 28.

The Hornets have won three consecutive games following a crucial 115-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday to move into eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte looks to solve its recent home woes as it has lost three of its last four at Time Warner Arena, including a disappointing 106-78 setback to the Detroit Pistons on Feb. 10. The Hornets hope to stay ahead of the Indiana Pacers and Nets in the race for the final playoff spot by beating the Raptors for the sixth consecutive time.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet One (Toronto), SportSouth (Charlotte)

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (38-23): Jonas Valanciunas collected 26 points and 11 rebounds against Cleveland while Lou Williams set a new franchise record with 21 points in the fourth quarter en route to 26 off the bench. "The games are coming fast and you've got to have guys willing to step on the court and fight until the end," Williams told reporters. "We understand that the schedule we have ahead of us is going to be a tough one." All-Star guard Kyle Lowry was rested for the third straight game and his status for Friday night is unknown.

ABOUT THE HORNETS (26-33): Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson scored 19 points apiece while Mo Williams handed out 14 assists versus the Nets as Charlotte's starting five finished in double figures for the fourth straight time. "We deserved to win this game as we played the right way," Jefferson told reporters. "To have a great team down like that showed we were ready." Leading scorer Kemba Walker was given the green light to resume practicing as he nears a return after undergoing knee surgery on Jan. 28.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Hornets have won 12 of the last 15 meetings with the Raptors.

2. Toronto is 14-16 in its last 30 games

3. The Raptors haven't beaten Charlotte on the road since Mar. 29, 2010

PREDICTION: Hornets 103, Raptors 99
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Toronto 38-23 L1 21-11 17-12 2-1 36-22 10-2 26-12
Charlotte 26-33 W3 14-16 12-17 2-1 24-32 7-4 19-16
Last Meeting
Toronto Charlotte
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/8/15 CHAR 103 TOR 95 95 42 39.8 103 46 47.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Lowry 24 31.8 6
Charlotte G. Henderson 31 65.0 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto K. Lowry 7 2 5
Charlotte M. Kidd-Gilchrist 12 1 11
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 7
Charlotte K. Walker 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Lowry 1124 42.1 233
Charlotte A. Jefferson 958 47.0 104
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto J. Valanciunas 555 170 385
Charlotte A. Jefferson 494 87 407
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 433
Charlotte K. Walker 253
Quickchart Matchup
Toronto Off vs  Charlotte Defense
104.6 Points For
96.8 Points Against
45.5 FG%
43.7 FG%
41.6 Reb
43.6 Reb
Charlotte Off vs  Toronto Defense
94.9 Points For
100.9 Points Against
42.6 FG%
45.9 FG%
43.6 Reb
42.5 Reb