Hornets at Raptors - 1/1/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (17-14) at Toronto Raptors (20-13)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors play New Year’s Day at the Air Canada Centre.
The Charlotte Hornets need a nice win after losing six of their last nine games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 102.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 99.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 18.9 points and five assists while Nicolas Batum is averaging 16.3 points and 6.6 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and Marvin Williams is dishing 1.3 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost five of their last seven road games. Jeremy Lin and Spencer Hawes are questionable.
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The Toronto Raptors look for a feel good victory after splitting their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 99.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 96.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.9 points and 4.5 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.6 points and 6.2 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.9 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.8 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.9 turnovers per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last seven home games.
The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hornets are 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Toronto and 21-6 ATS in the last 27 meetings overall.
The Hornets are in a slump right now and a lot of that has come on the road. The Raptors are really starting to click and have a red hot DeRozan leading the way. I'll eat the chalk here with the home team.