The Bobcat's playoff hopes rest on the Bobcats preforming well during an upcoming stretch of games. Where the Bobcats will most definitely have to win a good portion of these games to stay in contention with a surging Pistons team.
Highlights of this key stretch will be seven games against teams with a record above .500 including Dallas tonight, Memphis twice, Miami, Indiana, San Antonio, and the Thunder. Along with two back to back games against the Pistons who are currently tied with Charlotte for the 8th and final spot in the Eastern Conference. The remaining games are against New Orleans, Brooklyn, and Cleveland.
Meanwhile Detroit has a stretch of games that Include six games against teams with a record below .500 including Cleveland, Charlotte twice, NY, Boston and Minnesota. The other six games for Detroit are against Atlanta, Dallas, Golden State, Houston, San Antonio, and Chicago.
I would think the Bobcats to stay ahead of Detroit would have to win at least once against Detroit and then go .500 the rest of the stretch. Anything less then that would probably lead to Detroit passing the Bobcats and taking over sole possession of the final playoff spot.
I would also expect any trades to take place at the start of this stretch at least before the two Piston games.