Thursday, December 17, 2015
Time Warner Cable Arena
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The Toronto Raptors travel to Time Warner Cable Arena to play the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday, December 17, 2015. The opening line for this game has Charlotte as 1.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 197.
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The Raptors come into this game with an overall record of 16-10 and a road record of 8-6. They are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 3.7 as they are averaging 99.5 points per game while giving up 95.8 per contest. The Hornets have an overall record of 14-9 and a home record of 10-4. They currently are 1st in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 102.7 points per game and surrendering 98, good for a point differential of 4.7.
DeMar DeRozan comes into this contest averaging 21.7 points per game while playing 36.2 minutes per night so far this season for the Raptors. He pulls down 4.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 84%. Kyle Lowry averages 21.3 points per game in 35.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6 assists per contest and 4.9 rebounds per game for Toronto. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%.
Kemba Walker averages 18 points per game while playing 33.9 minutes per contest this year for the Hornets. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 4.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 81%. Nicolas Batum averages 17 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.7 rebounds per contest and 4.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Toronto averages 99.5 points per contest this season which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.7 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 19th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 14th in the league. They average 52.5 rebounds per game and 17.7 assists per game which ranks them 16th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 10th with 14.5 per game. The Raptors allow 95.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 3rd in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 5th and 23rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 49.5 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 21.4 assists per contest which puts them in 15th place in the league. They force 15 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league.
Charlotte averages 102.7 points per game this year which ranks them 7th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4.7 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 15th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 11th in the NBA. They average 52.3 rebounds per game and 21.6 assists per contest which ranks them 18th and 14th respectively. In the turnover department the Hornets rank 1st with 12.4 per game. The Hornets allow 98 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 8th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 11th and 11th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.8 rebounds a game which ranks 16th and they give up 23.3 assists per contest which puts them in 25th place in the league. The Hornets force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the NBA.
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
The Toronto Raptors are 15-10-1 against the spread
The Toronto Raptors are 10-15-1 against the over/under
Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets are 13-9-1 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets are 10-12-1 against the over/under
Toronto Raptors Injuries
12/08/15 C Jonas Valanciunas Finger out until at least early January
12/07/15 F DeMarre Carroll Knee out indefinitely
Charlotte Hornets Injuries
12/01/15 C Al Jefferson Calf expected to miss 2-3 weeks
11/05/15 F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Shoulder out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Toronto
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