The Charlotte Hornets welcome the Toronto Raptors to Spectrum Center on Friday evening. The Hornets aim to right the ship after losing nine of the last 10 games prior to the NBA All-Star break. Charlotte is 29-31 overall and 14-14 at home, while Toronto is 16-12 on the road this season and 32-25 overall. OG Anunoby (finger) is out with Fred VanVleet (knee) listed as questionable for the Raptors, while Charlotte’s injury report consists of Gordon Hayward (out; ankle) and Jalen McDaniels (doubtful; ankle).
Caesars Sportsbook lists Toronto as a two-point road favorite, and tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the Over-Under, is 225 in the latest Raptors vs. Hornets odds. Before you make any NBA predictions with the Raptors vs. Hornets match-up, you need to see what SportsLine’s advanced computer simulation has to say.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 18 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 69-41 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,300. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Raptors vs. Hornets, and just locked in their picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Hornets vs. Raptors:
- Raptors vs. Hornets spread: Raptors -2
- Raptors vs. Hornets over-under: 225 points
- Raptors vs. Hornets money line: Raptors -135, Hornets +115
- TOR: The Raptors are 22-13 against the spread in conference games
- CHAR: The Hornets are 22-14 against the spread in conference games
Featured Game | Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors
Why the Raptors can cover
Toronto has definitive strengths, and the Raptors can also take advantage of Charlotte’s porous defense. The Hornets are in the bottom eight of the NBA in defensive efficiency, and Charlotte ranks dead-last in the league in second-chance points allowed and assists allowed. The Hornets are also No. 27 in the NBA in two-point shooting allowed, with bottom-five marks in defensive rebound rate and fast break points allowed.
Toronto is above-average on both ends of the floor, out-scoring opponents by 1.7 points per 100 possessions. The Raptors are elite on the offensive glass, securing more than 32 percent of available rebounds, and Toronto commits only 12.8 turnovers per game. The Raptors are also potent in creating havoc, ranking No. 2 in the league in turnover creation. Toronto is in the top six in fast break points allowed and points allowed in the paint, further strengthening its defensive position.
Why the Hornets can cover
Charlotte’s offense keys its success. The Hornets are above-average in overall efficiency and elite in multiple categories. Charlotte ranks in the top five of the NBA in 3-pointers, making 13.7 per game. The Hornets are also making 35.6 percent of 3-point attempts, and Charlotte ranks in the top five in assists (27.4 per game), assist percentage (64.5 percent) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.03). Charlotte takes care of the ball, committing a turnover on only 13.0 percent of possessions, and the Hornets are in the top four of the league in fast break points (16.0 per game) and points in the paint (50.0 per game).
The Hornets may benefit from Toronto’s strongly below-average defensive rebounding, and Charlotte’s defense can bank on the Raptors ranking in the bottom five of the league in field-goal percentage, 2-point percentage and assists per game on the offensive side.
How to make Raptors vs. Hornets picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total point, with no player projected to reach or exceed 22 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Hornets vs. Raptors pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Raptors vs. Hornets? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Raptors vs. Hornets spread you need to jump on Friday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.
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