The Toronto Raptors (17-33) travel to face off against the Charlotte Hornets (10-39) on Wednesday, February 7th. This game will be played at Spectrum Center in Charlotte and televised on BSSE. Both the Raptors and Hornets will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Raptors vs Hornets
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Raptors lost to the Pelicans with a final score of 138-100. the Raptors not only lost the game outright but also fell short of covering the spread as +11 point underdogs. The over/under line entering this matchup was 232 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
As they prepare to take on the Hornets, the Raptors come in with an overall record of 17-33 and are looking to snap their three game losing skid. In road games this season, the Raptors are 7-20 compared to their home record of 10-13.
Toronto currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 24-26 at this point. In their last three home games, Toronto has been unable to cover the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 10-13 at home compared to 14-13 on the road.
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Hornets conveyed a message to the Lakers with a score of 124-118. The Hornets picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 74-58.
Looking to get a win against the Raptors, the Hornets are below .500 at 10-39. When playing on the road, the Hornets are 5-19 compared to 5-20 at home.
So far, Charlotte’s ATS record is below .500 at 16-31. On the road, the Hornets have an ATS record of 8-16, as opposed to a 8-15 record against the spread when playing at home.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Through 50 games the Raptors are averaging 114.3 points per contest, placing them 19th in the NBA.
This season, the Raptors have been one of the most efficient teams in the NBA at getting to the free-throw line, averaging 22.4 attempts per game (17th). Overall, they are averaging 16.6 made free throws per game (21st).
When it comes to scoring, Toronto is 19th in the league at 114.3 points per game. Interestingly, they have actually been better on the road, averaging 116.4 points per game compared to 111.8 at home.
So far, the Raptors have been one of the better teams at getting to the rim, ranking 5th in two-point attempts. Overall, they are shooting 47% from the field (12th).
Hornets Offense Breakdown
The Hornets come into today’s game as the 28th ranked scoring offense at 108.5 points per game.
So far this season, the Hornets have struggled to score points, averaging just 108.5 points per game (28th). At home, they are averaging 108.2 points per game (29th).
When it comes to shooting, the Hornets are 28th in field goal percentage at 45%. They are also 20th in three-point shooting at 36%.
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Hornets are last in the NBA in both free throws made and attempted per game.
Raptors Team Defense
At present, the Raptors’ defense is ranked 19th, allowing 117.8 points per game. For the season, Toronto is ranked 25th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 19.8 free-throws per game vs. the Raptors and have an overall field goal percentage of 48.9%.
Hornets Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 120.3 points per game (25th). Opponents are hitting 57.8% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 39.2% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Raptors And Hornets
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Scottie Barnes as the primary point contributor for the Raptors, finishing with 19 points while maintaining a 7/15 shooting accuracy. For the season, he has been averaging 20.2 points per game, in addition to 8.1 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Miles Bridges to be the top scorer for the Hornets. Our projection has him finishing the game with 21, and he is expected to secure 7 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 45.8%, and he is contributing 21.3 points per game on average.
Raptors vs Hornets Trends
- Across the Raptors last three road games, the team averaged 111 points per game while allowing 136. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-2, while going 0-3 straight-up.
- In their last five games at home, the Hornets have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 1-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 107 points per game in these contests.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Hornets have a straight up record of 1-9 and an ATS mark of 3-7.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Raptors have a straight up record of 4-6. But, their mark vs the spread was just 4-6.
In this Raptors vs. Hornets matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Hornets at +6.5. While we project the Raptors to win 112-109, our recommendation is to bet on the Hornets for the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 225.5 and our model has the Raptors and Hornets finishing with a combined 221 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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