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(20-8) Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets (11-19)
Date: Wednesday December 20
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -1
NBA Betting Total: 212
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Wednesday December 20, finds Eastern rivals the Toronto Raptors back on the road facing hosts the Charlotte Hornets. Toronto arrives on a 3-game win streak and winners of 13 of their last 16 games. Charlotte won their last game against the Knicks producing one of their better defensive efforts. The Hornets will hope to build upon that win after three consecutive losses and just three wins in their past ten games.
Last season, the squads split the four game season series and the Raptors have taken the first game this season. The Hornets hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors 42 times of their 74 matches.
The Raptors completed an East Conference high of 12 opposite coast road games and have hosted the fewest home games (11-1) with the best win percent in NBA (.917). Toronto’s starting unit is tied with San Antonio for playing the fourth fewest minutes (Kings, Nets and Suns are lowest). That factor will be key late in the season and playoffs especially given the overuse of Kyle Lowry in past seasons.
The youthful Raptors reserve unit got a shot in the arm with Delon Wright’s return and Norman Powell specifically benefited as it offers another playmaker, defender and someone he is extremely comfortable playing beside.
Serge Ibaka sat out Sunday with a sore knee, his presence is unknown for this contest, but Toronto could use another body to bang with Dwight Howard. To that end, Jonas Valanciunas is showing form similar to how he began the season prior to his own injury and is finally building a rapport with Ibaka.
The Hornets have played one of the more difficult schedules to start the season and remain a team in flux. Between the injuries, Steve Clifford’s absence and the squads inability to rediscover their 2-way play it’s been a tough start to the season. This team is definitely playing below their ability and it won’t be surprising to witness them take a turn as players return.
The low point spread speaks to how well Charlotte matches up against Toronto and the number of close games the squads has played in the past few seasons. Kemba Walker in particular presents all kinds of problems for the Raptors. In their first meeting Walker sat out and is still dealing with injury issues to his shoulder and wrist though he is playing through them.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 7-3 in teams last 10 head to head.
- Teams are 5-5 over/under in teams last 10 matchups.
- Squads are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings.
- Under is 7-2 in Raptors last 9 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Hornets are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction: Take the Raptor in a close one
Many of the Raptors – Hornets matches have come down to the wire in recent history. The Raptors have to play in Philly tomorrow night, so they’ll be keen to get out to an early lead and rest their starters
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -1
Ibaka’s presence may dictate how close the match is, but the Raptors are re-invigorated finally being back on the East Coast.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 104 – Hornets 99
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