Charlotte Hornets (6-7) at Toronto Raptors (3-8)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -8 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors meet Saturday in NBA action at the Amalie Arena.
The Charlotte Hornets look for a win to get back to a .500 record. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 107.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 45 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 22 points and 5.1 rebounds while Terry Rozier is averaging 19.6 points and 2.8 assists. PJ Washington is the third double-digit scorer and Devonte’ Graham is dishing 6.4 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game.
The Toronto Raptors need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 112.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Fred VanVleet is averaging 20.5 points and 4.2 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 19.9 points and five assists. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Boucher is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game.
The Hornets are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Raptors are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 9-3 in Hornets last 12 overall. The over is 5-2 in Raptors last 7 overall. The Hornets are 17-7 ATS in the last 24 meetings in Toronto and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
We keep waiting for the Toronto Raptors to turn things around, and they continue to play subpar basketball. Anybody willing to lay these sort of numbers with the Raptors with the way they're looking is on the nutty side. The Charlotte Hornets are hit or miss, but they're a young team that competes and has actually been a rather decent team given the expectations entering the season. I'll take the points, as backing the Raptors and big chalk isn't an option for me.