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2020 NBA Handicapping
(6-5) Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors (2-8)
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -7
NBA Betting Total: 221.5
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On Thursday, January 14th, the Charlotte Hornets travel to Tampa Bay to play the transplanted Toronto Raptors. It’s the first meeting between the clubs this season.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Raptors taking two of the three contests. Charlotte holds the all-time record between the squads with 45 victories in the team’s 83 meetings.
Heading into gameplay on Wednesday night the Hornets were set to play the Dallas Mavericks on the front side of a back-to-back series sporting a four-game win streak.
Charlotte beat the Hawks twice, Pelicans and Knicks with their rookie LaMelo Ball fitting in and taking gigantic leaps in the early stages of the season.
Head coach James Borrego has eased Ball into the season by bringing him off the bench and is playing him a lot with the other guards. But the longer Devonte Graham struggles to rediscover his form the louder the demands are getting to start Ball.
Graham delivered in the win over the Knicks with a 19 point, seven assist effort. The game ball went to Gordon Hayward who is putting in All-Star efforts on a nightly basis. Hayward led the Hornets with 34 points.
PJ Washington (13), Miles Bridges (13), and Terry Rozier (12) contributed double-figure efforts. LaMelo made an impact across the board with eight points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and a block.
Cody Zeller is out with a fractured hand until early February while Grant Riller (knee) is out indefinitely.
The Raptors finish their road trip 1-3 but could just as easily have been 4-0. Pascal Siakam has shaken off the rust registering his first career triple-double versus Portland (22 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) and was one rebound shy of that mark in Sacramento but sat early with the game well in hand.
Siakam averaged 24 points, 10.5 rebounds, and seven assists on the trip. Unfortunately, he’ll be thinking of his last shots in the Warriors and Blazers game that both rimmed out resulting in one-point losses.
Such is the way games have gone for Toronto this season who return to Florida where the players still feel like they are hosting games as the road team.
The starting center is the biggest issue with neither Aron Baynes or Alex Len assimilating into the system. Nurse is hesitant to start Chris Boucher who brings energy and scoring off the bench.
He delivered again in Portland with 20 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, plus went 5 of 8 from deep. If I had to guess Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster are actively searching for a defensive-minded center to fix what ails the Raptors.
OG Anunoby (18), Kyle Lowry (18), Fred VanVleet (10), and Norman Powell (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-2 in CHA last 10 overall
- TOR are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall
- Over is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
The first game back from opposite coast road trips are the hardest and Toronto still feels like they are on the road at home!
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets +7
The Hornets are feasting, but they play the night prior so it feels like this should be the game the Raptors get another win — that sentiment feels like a broken record at this point though.
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