Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors: Thursday’s preview

Hornets at Raptors

7:30 p.m., Air Canada Centre

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Matchup to Watch

Kyle Lowry vs. Kemba Walker: Lowry had a tremendous second half of last season. The Raptors contemplated trading him, but his worth at point guard was such that he’s now a core asset.

Observations

• The then-Bobcats swept the Raptors last season, but that’s somewhat misleading in that two of those three games were early in the season when the Raptors were losing regularly.



• Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan has been hurt, but that hasn’t slowed the Raptors – they’re 11-7 in his absence.



Tap-ins

• The Raptors are coming off a long West Coast trip in which they went 2-4.



• The last game in this series was nearly a year ago – Jan. 20, 2014.



Did you know?

The Raptors, who are averaging 108.1 points per game, are 13-0 this season when holding an opponent to less than 100 points.

Projected Starters

Hornets Raptors
Pos, Player PPG RPG Pos, Player PPG RPG
G, K. Walker 18.1 3.8 G, K. Lowry 20.6 4.7
G, G. Henderson 9.1 2.7 G, T. Ross 12.1 3.5
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9.7 6.2 F, L. Fields 3.0 1.6
F, C. Zeller 8.0 5.4 F, A. Johnson 9.5 5.5
C, B. Biyombo 3.5 5.4 C, J. Vanlanciunas 12.5 8.6

Rick Bonnell

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