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Hornets vs Raptors NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Charlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors
  • Where: Toronto at Scotiabank Arena
  • Date: Thursday, January 12th
  • Betting Odds TOR -8, CHA +245 | TOR -306 O/U 231.5

The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 11-31. So far, the team has gone 17-21-4 against the spread. Charlotte will take the court having lost 2 straight games. The team has an average scoring margin of -8.5 in these matchups.

Not only did the Hornets drop their last game to the Raptors. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 132-120 as 7 point underdogs. Charlotte was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Raptors by 12 going into halftime. In the loss, Terry Rozier led the team in scoring with 33 points on a field goal percentage of 73.7%.

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So far, the Raptors have put together an overall record of 18-23, while going 20-21-0 vs the spread. Toronto comes into the game having rattled off 2 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 12.0 points per game

In their previous game, the Raptors took down the Hornets by a score of 132-120. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 7 point favorites. Toronto went on to win the game, as they led by 6 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Pascal Siakam, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 62.5% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Hornets averaged 113.0 points per game vs the Raptors. Just like the Hornets, the Raptors maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 111.33 points per game vs Charlotte. Through the last 5 matchups between the teams, Toronto has an ATS mark of 3-2. But, looking at the scoring margin in these games, an average of just 0 points per game separates the teams. Charlotte and Toronto averaged a combined 228 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

This season, the Charlotte offense is ranked 22nd in the NBA in scoring at 112.1 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.0 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Charlotte offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 24th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.

Against the Raptors, the Hornets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 25th in points allowed.

Without Kelly Oubre Jr., Charlotte will need Terry Rozier to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Toronto today. This season, Oubre Jr. leads the team in scoring with 20.2 points per game. Rozier is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 21.0 points per game, which places him 46.0th in the NBA. In his 32 games, he has hit 40.9% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 4.3 rebounds per game.

This season, the Toronto offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 111.7 points per game. So far, the Raptors are averaging 97.3 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This slow style of play has made a difference in their overall scoring numbers, as Toronto is just 23rd in made field goals per game.

Defensively, the Raptors are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.1 points per contest (7th).

Power-Foward Pascal Siakam currently leads the Raptors at 25.8 points per game. For the season, he is 27th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.8% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Siakam is averaging 8.3 boards and 6.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 20th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. OG Anunoby enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 37 games, he is averaging 18.3 and is 172nd in the league in player efficiency rating.

Hornets vs Raptors Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Raptors -8
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 231.5

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