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(28-13) Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets (20-21)
Date: Friday January 20
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Off
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This game is a potential playoff preview with the Raptors traveling to Charlotte to face the Hornets.
The Raptors are enjoying a 4 game winning streak while Charlotte has lost 5 in a row.
Toronto has won 3 in a row in the head to head series and won 113-111 in the first meeting this year.
Toronto is shaping up to be the best contender to defeat Cleveland in the Eastern Conference, and their Olympic back court duo continues to lead the team.
DeMar DeRozan has been scoring at an incredible pace the last 10 games ( 6-4). He has improved his stats across the board this season, except for his 3pt percentage which is slightly down.
Averaging 28.2 points per game this season DeRozan is 5th in the league and scoring and should continue his strong play for the remainder of the season.
In the Raptors last game against the Nets he had 36 points and 11 rebounds on 13-28 shooting. The most surprising stat of the game is that he did not attempt a single 3 pointer, showing his athleticism by attacking the rim and utilizing his midrange game.
This will be a great matchup between DeRozan and Nicholas Batum, but I don’t see DeRozan’s scoring slowing down one bit.
Kyle Lowry rested against the Nets, but did perform strongly against the Knicks a few nights ago. He scored 16 points and dished out 9 assists in the 15 point win.
Lowry faces Kemba Walker, who can light up the scoreboard as well, and this matchup features 2 of the better point guards in the East. Look for Lowry to get 20 points and 11 assists in this contest.
Jonas Valanciunus has put up a solid 4 game stretch for the Raptors. He has produced 3 double doubles and had a 7 point, 10 rebound performance against Brooklyn. His ability crash the boards will cause fits for the Hornets front line, and Jonas should put up a solid 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Hornets are a dark horse contender to reach the Eastern Conference Finals, led by premier player Kemba Walker. Walker has put up points, but has only 5 assists in the last 2 games, both Hornets losses. He needs to be a better distributor or the Hornets will look at an 8 seed and first round exit.
Kyle Lowry is a veteran presence who has been a solid defender since his college days. Walker should struggle in this game and won’t finish with more than 5 assists.
Nicholas Batum nearly put up a triple double against the Celtics, putting up 7 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in the loss.
His ability to hit the long range shot and defend the opposition’s best wing players, will make him a tough matchup for Toronto. DeMar DeRozan should guard Batum most of the night, and I don’t see Batum getting out of his shooting slump.
Marvin Williams had his best game in the last 10 contests for the Hornets, getting 21 points and hitting three 3 pointers. His athleticism should provide Charlotte some help on the front line, and I think Williams can get a double double with 3 steals on the night.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-2 in TOR last 9 vs. NBA Southeast.
- TOR are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 13-6 in TOR last 19 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Over is 9-4 in CHA last 13 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Charlotte.
- TOR are 8-20 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
The Raptors will squeeze out a close victory, as Charlotte makes a run in the 4th to keep it close.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Charlotte ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 106 – Charlotte 102
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