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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 12/18/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




CHARLOTTE (11 - 14) at TORONTO (9 - 13)
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CHARLOTTE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games11-14+0.915-97-1790.647.741.7%53.892.346.342.6%51.6
Road Games4-6+2.38-14-689.546.340.8%55.490.645.642.7%49.4
Last 5 Games2-3-1.43-22-394.449.843.7%49.495.445.442.4%54.2
CHARLOTTE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)90.647.734-8141.7%5-1529.7%19-2671.2%541119197135
vs opponents surrendering9949.437-8244.8%8-2135.9%18-2475.3%511121208155
Team Stats (Road Games)89.546.333-8140.8%5-1631.0%19-2671.3%551217197135
Stats Against (All Games)92.346.334-8042.6%7-2136.2%17-2277.5%52919226146
vs opponents averaging98.248.737-8244.8%8-2136.2%17-2276.0%501021218155
Stats Against (Road Games)90.645.633-7842.7%7-1936.5%17-2277.7%49918217147

TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-13-4.810-1213-998.549.743.4%51.098.347.746.0%50.8
Home Games4-7-5.93-87-498.349.543.5%51.7100.448.347.3%47.3
Last 5 Games3-2+2.63-23-2102.652.246.0%47.898.649.444.6%50.6
TORONTO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)98.549.736-8343.4%7-2233.8%19-2578.4%511218227145
vs opponents surrendering9949.337-8344.6%7-2136.0%17-2375.3%511121218145
Team Stats (Home Games)98.349.536-8243.5%7-2233.1%20-2676.8%521319217154
Stats Against (All Games)98.347.737-8146.0%8-2136.6%16-2273.4%511023227165
vs opponents averaging98.849.237-8245.3%8-2136.4%17-2374.7%511122208155
Stats Against (Home Games)100.448.339-8247.3%8-2039.7%15-1979.5%471023238165
Average power rating of opponents played: CHARLOTTE 95.3,  TORONTO 96.3
CHARLOTTE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/8/2013NEW YORK91-101L3.5L190.5O31-7640.8%551442-9046.7%4712
11/13/2013@ BOSTON89-83W5.5W191.5U30-8236.6%621129-7737.7%4915
11/15/2013@ CLEVELAND86-80W6W187U32-8040.0%571632-7940.5%4915
11/18/2013@ CHICAGO81-86L12.5W180.5U33-9136.3%56927-7536.0%6316
11/23/2013@ MILWAUKEE96-72W2W184.5U38-7749.4%651430-8535.3%4315
12/1/2013@ MIAMI98-99L11.5W189O35-7646.1%501436-6952.2%3414
12/3/2013@ DALLAS82-89L8W195U30-7838.5%571033-8240.2%489
12/9/2013GOLDEN STATE115-111W6W194O43-9445.7%50741-9045.6%6015
12/13/2013@ INDIANA94-99L12W183.5O39-8347.0%421136-7647.4%5312
12/14/2013LA LAKERS85-88L-2.5L198U39-8943.8%571330-7739.0%4515
12/18/2013@ TORONTO              
12/20/2013@ DETROIT              
12/27/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/28/2013@ ATLANTA              
12/30/2013@ UTAH              
1/1/2014@ LA CLIPPERS              
1/2/2014@ PORTLAND              

TORONTO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/8/2013@ INDIANA84-91L8.5W187.5U32-8139.5%481536-7846.2%4815
11/11/2013@ HOUSTON104-110L7W203.5O38-11433.3%621337-8444.0%8623
11/13/2013@ MEMPHIS103-87W6W185.5O31-6746.3%411335-8242.7%5417
11/20/2013@ PHILADELPHIA108-98W-4W204O36-8641.9%491034-7644.7%5720
12/3/2013@ GOLDEN STATE103-112L7.5L201O40-7751.9%431840-7950.6%4112
12/6/2013@ PHOENIX97-106L3.5L199.5O35-8740.2%46837-8245.1%6316
12/8/2013@ LA LAKERS106-94W6.5W205U40-8248.8%441134-7943.0%4919
12/10/2013SAN ANTONIO103-116L8.5L199O38-8345.8%471745-8254.9%4014
12/14/2013@ CHICAGO99-77W3.5W187U40-8348.2%521131-8636.0%5315
12/20/2013@ DALLAS              
12/22/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/23/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
12/27/2013@ NEW YORK              
12/28/2013NEW YORK              
12/31/2013@ CHICAGO              
1/3/2014@ WASHINGTON              
CHARLOTTE: GUARDS: KEMBA WALKER has become a more efficient scorer as well as a capable distributor. He'll sacrifice some shots with Al Jefferson coming in, but he should have more space with which to operate. Down the line, he could mesh nicely with pick-and-pop four Cody Zeller . . . GERALD HENDERSON transformed from a raw athlete into an effective, efficient scorer in the second half of last season. He should be the No. 2 or 3 option this year . . . RAMON SESSIONS is locked in as a sixth man. He's not a shooter, but his ability to get to the line makes him an effective second-unit scorer . . . BEN GORDON seems to be going through the motions at this point. His real value this season is his enormous expiring contract. FORWARDS: MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST is going to be a quality NBA player for a long time, but he's not close to being a major factor offensively. He'll continue to defend and rebound effectively for a wing, but he's a No. 4 or 5 option on the offensive end of the court . . . JOSH MCROBERTS proved good enough to be a rotational player on a bad team last year. He has a chance to start early on while the Bobcats bring some young guys along . . . CODY ZELLER struggled against length and athleticism in college, so it seems the 'Cats think he can be more of a stretch, pick-and-pop four. If he proves to be a shooter, he's athletic enough and a good enough rebounder to be a solid NBA starter . . . JEFFERY TAYLOR is a forgettable second-unit player who can defend a couple of positions. ANTHONY TOLLIVER won't see the floor much, but he can stretch the floor with his shooting ability. CENTERS: We'll see how the Bobcats mesh with AL JEFFERSON, the NBA's worst defensive big man and a lane-clogging black hole on offense. He can score, and at (an incredible) $40 million-plus, Charlotte will run everything through him . . . BISMACK BIYOMBO will play some alongside Jefferson, as the Bobcats desperately need to cancel out Jefferson's defense. But the young big man figures to be used more sparingly this year . . . BRENDAN HAYWOOD is still kicking around.
TORONTO: GUARDS: KYLE LOWRY was banged up last season, but he enters this year healthy and has the potential to be one of the league's best two-way point guards . . . DEMAR DEROZAN does a nice job attacking, but he's a flawed player unless he develops a jump shot . . . The Raptors want TERRENCE ROSS to attack the basket more often. But whether he develops a three-point shot could determine where he fits into this rotation . . . After a disastrous season in Indiana, D.J. AUGUSTIN will have to earn his rotation spot. Toronto could use his shooting, though . . . DWIGHT BUYCKS comes back from Europe to back up Lowry . . . Versatile JULYAN STONE is an interesting bit piece, as he reunites with GM Masai Ujiri, who brought him to Denver. FORWARDS: Despite all that talent, RUDY GAY's poor shot selection and disinterested defense will have him on the trading block . . . AMIR JOHNSON will get another chance at full-time minutes. Despite some inconsistency, he still has the upside to be a good rebounder and shot-blocker . . . TYLER HANSBROUGH brings toughness and a decent mid-range jumper. He's a second-unit talent, but could challenge Johnson for minutes . . . LANDRY FIELDS is a well-compensated reserve . . . STEVE NOVAK gives them a legitimate shooter among the second unit . . . Toronto will try to shake some of that upside out of AUSTIN DAYE . . . QUINCY ACY will move to the three, likely making this a redshirt year. CENTERS: JONAS VALANCIUNAS is set to become Toronto's new centerpiece. Talented enough for them to run the offense through him, he's rapidly improving on both ends of the court . . . AARON GRAY will stick around as a decent back-up, a 7-footer who can get in the way defensively.
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*Bobcats-Raptors Preview* =========================

Charlotte (11-14) at Toronto (9-13), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Kemba Walker is starting to heat up for the Charlotte Bobcats, playing very differently than he did against the Toronto Raptors last month.

Walker and the Bobcats go on the road Wednesday night to face a new-look Raptors team that is gaining in confidence.

The third-year guard has scored 24 points in consecutive games, helping Charlotte (11-14) end a three-game skid with Tuesday's 95-87 home win over Sacramento. He's averaging 20.4 points over the last eight contests.

"I've been working hard since this summer," Walker said. "I've put in a lot of time. I started off slow shooting the basketball (this season), but hopefully now I can hit a groove. I've been feeling great and I've been shooting a lot."

One of those efforts when he started the season slow was a five-point performance on 2-of-13 shooting in a 92-90 victory over Toronto (9-13) on Nov. 6. Gerald Henderson picked up the slack with a team-high 23 points.

The Raptors were a different team then before last week's trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Kings, with Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes, John Salmons and Greivis Vasquez joining Toronto.

Toronto is 2-1 since that deal, winning for the third time in four games Saturday with a 99-77 victory at Chicago. It marked the Raptors' best defensive effort in terms of points allowed and opponent field-goal percentage (36.0).

"I've seen some good things growing, confidence growing a little bit," coach Dwane Casey said. "The ball movement has been good, our defense has been solid, not great."

Hayes has not seen action yet and could make his Toronto debut Wednesday.

"We'll see where he is," Casey said. "Right now Patrick and our other guys, Amir (Johnson) is playing pretty well, JV (Jonas Valanciunas) is playing pretty solid, so he's going to have to bring a lot to the table because there's so many guys."

Terrence Ross has become a starter since the trade, with the second-year swingman averaging 15.7 points in the three games.

"You just have to be more focused, you just have to be dialed in," Ross said. "It's a lot more that you have to deal with and it's a lot more that you have to go and prepare that you have to take on."

Casey has lauded the newcomers for providing toughness to the club. All have began their Toronto careers as reserves, with Patterson and Vasquez combining for 36 points in their first two games - victories for the Raptors.

"For myself personally, I want to bring energy, toughness and new focus to this team and just keep sharing the ball," Patterson said.

The Bobcats uncharacteristically shot well from long range Tuesday, making 8 of 17 3-pointers with Walker connecting four times. Charlotte is last in the league in that department at 29.7 percent.

"It makes us tough to guard," Henderson said. "You have to come out there and guard the 3-point line with guys that can get to the basket, so it's a tough thing. If we're knocking down the 3-ball that opens up a lot for us."

Charlotte has dropped its last three visits to Toronto.

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