Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets 01/08/2020 Odds Picks and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets 01/08/2020 – The Toronto Raptors will be back on the road on Wednesday, taking on the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. The Raptors dominated the Hornets in their first meeting of the season by the score 132-96. The Hornets will look for revenge, but online bookmakers still give the road team a slight edge as the 2.5-point spread favorites based on the opening NBA betting lines in Las Vegas.
Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets 01/08/2020
Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets 01/08/2020 Betting Odds
Toronto Raptors Betting
The Raptors are struggling to get a winning streak going without Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Norman Powell. Still, Toronto is holding onto the top-4 spot in the Eastern Conference thanks to excellent guard play of Fred Van Vleet and Kyle Lowry. Toronto lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, 101-99, on Tuesday. Lowry again led the way with 24 points and 10 assists.
Players to Watch: Kyle Lowry (20.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 7.4 APG)
Serge Ibaka (14.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.2 APG)
Ogugua Anunoby (10.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.7 APG)
Charlotte Hornets Betting
The Hornets just suffered a 115-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday. But prior to the loss, Charlotte salvaged two big wins against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 109-106, and the Dallas Mavericks, 123-120. Devonte’ Graham was sensational in both games as he recorded 27 points and 13 assists against the Mavericks, and 16 points and 11 assists vs.t the Cavaliers. Against the Pacers, the second-year guard tallied 22 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds to pace his team.
Players to Watch: Devonte’ Graham (19.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 7.8 APG)
Terry Rozier (18.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.4 APG)
P.J. Washington (12.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.9 APG)
Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets 01/08/2020 Betting Numbers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 6 games.
Charlotte are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
Marc Gasol C Hamstring is out indefinitely
Marvin Williams PF Nose is “?” Wednesday vs Toronto
Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets Betting Picks
The spread would have been a lot wider if only the Raptors are getting back the service of Gasol, Siakam, VanVleet, and Powell for this game. However, injuries have forced online bookmakers to reassess the situation, pegging Toronto as only a 2.5-point spread favorite in the latest betting lines.
Moneyline: Despite missing four key contributors, the Raptors are my bet to win straight up simply because of Kyle Lowry’s heads-up play as of late and head coach Nick Nurse’s creativity when it comes to lineups. Toronto will be tested by the Hornets this time around, but I still pick the defending champs winning by under 10 points.
ATS: The Raptors have covered the spread in two of their last three games and should be a solid pick to take an ATS win with the spread set currently adjusted at 2.5 points.
TOTALs: The total opened at 208 points. The Raptors have been struggling to score points without their four leading scorers. The Hornets have breached the 100-point mark in their last three games with a 123-point output as the highest. I pick OVER since the total is a reachable number.
Score Prediction: 110 – 103 Raptors