Friday, January 1, 2016
Air Canada Centre
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The Charlotte Hornets travel to Air Canada Centre to play the Toronto Raptors on Friday, January 1, 2016. The opening line for this game has Toronto as 5.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 198.5.
The Hornets come into this game with an overall record of 17-14 and a road record of 4-8. They are 4th in the Southeast Division. They currently have a point differential of 2.8 as they are averaging 102.5 points per game while giving up 99.7 per contest. The Raptors have an overall record of 20-13 and a home record of 10-5. They currently are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 99.8 points per game and surrendering 96.4, good for a point differential of 3.4.
Kemba Walker comes into this contest averaging 18.9 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Hornets. He pulls down 4.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 84%. Nicolas Batum averages 16.3 points per game in 34.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.1 assists per contest and 6.6 rebounds per game for Charlotte. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
DeMar DeRozan averages 22.9 points per game while playing 36.6 minutes per contest this year for the Raptors. He grabs 4.5 rebounds per game and has 4.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 85%. Kyle Lowry averages 20.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.8 rebounds per contest and 6.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Charlotte averages 102.5 points per contest this season which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 2.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 20th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 16th in the league. They average 52.2 rebounds per game and 21.7 assists per game which ranks them 16th and 14th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 1st with 13.1 per game. The Hornets allow 99.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 12th and 13th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.7 rebounds a game which ranks 18th and they give up 23.3 assists per contest which puts them in 26th place in the league. They force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the league.
Toronto averages 99.8 points per game this year which ranks them 20th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 3.4 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 21st spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 53.3 rebounds per game and 18.1 assists per contest which ranks them 9th and 29th respectively. In the turnover department the Raptors rank 5th with 13.8 per game. The Raptors allow 96.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 4th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 5th and 26th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 49.4 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 21.8 assists per contest which puts them in 18th place in the league. The Raptors force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 20th in the NBA.
Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets are 15-15-1 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets are 15-15-1 against the over/under
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
The Toronto Raptors are 17-15-1 against the spread
The Toronto Raptors are 15-17-1 against the over/under
Charlotte Hornets Injuries
12/31/15 PG Jeremy Lin Ankle "?" Friday vs. Toronto
12/31/15 F Spencer Hawes Back "?" Friday vs. Toronto
12/30/15 C Al Jefferson Knee out indefinitely
11/05/15 F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Shoulder out for season
Toronto Raptors Injuries
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take Charlotte
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