The Charlotte Hornets (7-17) travel to face off against the Toronto Raptors (10-15) on Monday, December 18th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena. Both the Hornets and Raptors will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Hornets vs Raptors
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Charlotte’s most recently played the 76ers and lost with a final score of 135-82. Despite being behind at halftime 73-44, the Hornets picked up the win.
Coming into their matchup with the Raptors, the Hornets have an overall record of 7-17 and are hoping to end a four game losing streak. In the Eastern Conference, the Hornets are currently 13th and are 4th in the Southeast division.
Charlotte’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 9-14 for the season. The Hornets have experienced a three game ATS loss streak as favorites, and they are 9-11 vs. the spread when they are underdogs.
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Raptors conveyed a message to the Hawks with a score of 125-104. Besides losing the game outright, the Raptors also fell short against the spread, failing to cover as -2 point favorites. As for the over/under, the combined score of 229 points didn’t reach the over/under line of 241.5.
Coming into today, the Raptors are 10-15 overall and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, they are in 10th place and are 5th in the Atlantic division.
Toronto has an overall ATS record of 12-13 for the season so far. During this season, Toronto has a 4-6 record against the spread as favorites and 8-7 as underdogs.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
The Hornets come into today’s game as the 23rd ranked scoring offense at 111.5 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Hornets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99 per contest. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 17th in the league in field goal percentage 17th%.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Through 25 games games, Toronto is averaging 112.5 points per game (21st). Coming into today’s game, the Raptors will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.4 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Toronto 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 25th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Hornets Team Defense
So far, the Hornets’ defense is ranked 26th in the league at 121.0 points per contest.
In their previous matchup vs. the 76ers, the Hornets’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 60% leading to 135 points.
Raptors Team Defense
In terms of defense, Raptors is currently on par with the NBA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 114.8 points per game.
Toronto struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Hawks, giving up 3. For the game, Atlanta scored 125 points in the game.
Key Players For The Hornets And Raptors
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Terry Rozier will be the primary scorer for the Hornets, with 15 points and going 6/13 from the field. This season, he is averaging 23.1 points per game along with 3.4 boards.
As for Toronto, Pascal Siakam is projected to be the primary scorer for the Raptors. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 17, and adding 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 50.3% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 20.9 points per game.
Hornets vs Raptors Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, Charlotte has an ATS record of 4-6 while averaging 113 per game. The team went 3-7 overall in these games.
- In their last three games at home, the Raptors have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 116 points per game in this stretch.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Charlotte has an ATS mark of 4-6 while going 2-8 straight up.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Raptors have a straight up record of 1-4 and an ATS mark of 1-4.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Raptors vs. Raptors game, our recommendation is to take the Hornets at +11. Despite our model showing the Raptors winning 107-102, we like Hornets as our point-spread pick.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 226.5, and our model predicts the Hornets and Raptors to score a combined 209 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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