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Raptors at Hornets - 12/17/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors (16-10) at Charlotte Hornets (14-10)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)

The Line: Charlotte Hornets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds

TV: Sportsnet One

The Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets meet Thursday night at The Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Toronto Raptors look to keep the ball rolling after winning five of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 99.5 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 95.8 points on 42.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 21.7 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 21.3 points and six assists. DeMarre Carroll is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.9 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.6 turnovers per game. The Toronto Raptors have won four of their last five road games.

Raptors at Hornets - 12/17/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte Hornets look for a victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 102.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 98 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 18 points and 4.7 assists while Nicolas Batum is averaging 17 points and 6.7 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Jeremy Lin is dishing 2.8 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.7 turnovers per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won seven of their last 10 home games. Nicolas Batum is questionable with an illness.

The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The Hornets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte and 6-20 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall. 

The Raptors are the better team and come into this game rested while the Hornets played last night. I'll gladly take Toronto in this spot as an underdog. 

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Toronto Raptors +1.5

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