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(8-11) Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors (12-7)
Date: Wednesday November 29
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Center, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -8
NBA Betting Total: 206
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Charlotte Hornets head north of the border to play the Toronto Raptors for the first of the squads’ four game season series. The Hornets split last week’s contests beating Minnesota and Washington prior to falling to Cleveland and San Antonio.
Toronto entered week six red hot having won four in-a-row. But, brutal third quarters erased double digit leads in both New York and Indiana.
Apparently dinosaurs are quick studies as the Raptors punished the Hawks for their miscues delivering a 32-19 third quarter and won the game by a point differential of 35 points.
Last season, the squads split the season series, but Charlotte holds the all-time edge 42-31 over Toronto.
Of all the squads struggling in the middle ground the Hornets are the most perplexing. It seemed likely with Batum back Charlotte could return to one of the better two-way squads. Instead they’ve been struggling to find a rhythm on either side of the floor.
Things won’t improve much with news Kemba Walker will likely miss the game due to an injured shoulder. Historically, Walker has proven to be a Raptors killer, so his absence could present major issues for the Hornets.
In particular the team produces their worst offense and defense when Walker sits. If this holds true it could be a very long night at the ACC.
A clear disadvantage for the Hornets will be their bench who has a negative differential of minus 2.1 facing the Raptors reserves who boast the NBA’s second best differential of plus +13.8 points.
Despite two tough losses last week the Raptors have reason to be optimistic. Toronto’s next 11 games features just one team with a top ten offense (Indiana) and no top ten defenses. This segment offers an opportunity for Toronto to make up some distance between the teams sitting ahead of them in the Eastern standings.
In the last five games Toronto has produced the Associations best defense and will utilize the next few weeks to focus on perfecting that area of the game specifically.
The last outing by the Raptors witnessed the team producing their best effort on both sides of the hardwood versus Atlanta. DeRozan who failed to register double digits in scoring for the first time in 113 games focused instead on getting his teammates rolling via his 8 assists.
Although Jonas Valanciunas role continues to be a question mark, in this matchup he’ll be a useful asset to counter Dwight Howard’s size. Furthermore, with the uncertainty of Kemba Walker’s presence it could be a huge night for Kyle Lowry
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 road games.
- Under is 9-3 in last 12 games when Hornets are underdog.
- Over is 14-6 in Raptors last 20 home games.
- Raptors are 4-6 ATS in their last 10 head to head matchups
- Over Under is 5-5 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction: Raptors -8
The Raptors depth as has been the trend this season will prove to be the x-factor. Although these two squads historically have close battles the absence of Walker removes the competitive edge for Charlotte.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -8
The Raptors had three full days of practice, so expect Toronto’s defense to be a factor.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 109 – Hornets 98
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