Charlotte Hornets (6-6) at Toronto Raptors (2-8)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -7 -- Over/Under: 220.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors meet Thursday in NBA action at the Amalie Arena.
The Charlotte Hornets look for a win to get a game above a .500 record. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 108.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 22.5 points and 5.2 rebounds while Terry Rozier is averaging 19.5 points and 2.8 assists. LeMelo Ball is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Washington is dishing 2.7 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game.
The Toronto Raptors need a win here to rebound from a 2-8 record. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.1 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 112.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Fred VanVleet is averaging 20.9 points and 4.5 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 20.4 points and 5.1 assists. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Boucher is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game.
The Hornets are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games as an underdog and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raptors are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The under is 8-2 in Hornets last 10 overall. The under is 14-3 in Raptors last 17 home games. The Hornets are 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings in Toronto and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Charlotte Hornets continue to be hit or miss, which is expected from a young team, but now they're on the end of a back to back. The Toronto Raptors are the better team on paper, but I'm still waiting for them to look like the Raptors team we've known these last few years. The Raptors aren't playing good basketball and aren't a team I'm eager to lay big chalk with regardless of who they're playing. I'm down on the Raptors. If forced to pick this game, give me the Hornets and the points.