Charlotte Hornets vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 1/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+7)
Amalie Arena is the site where and the Toronto Raptors (2-8) will take on the Charlotte Hornets (6-5) on Thursday. The odds on this matchup have Toronto as 7-point favorites. The total is set at 221.5.
The Charlotte Hornets faced the New York Knicks and earned the victory with a final of 109-88 in their last contest. Charlotte ended the contest with a 48.7% field goal percentage (38 out of 78) and converted 13 of their 32 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Hornets knocked down 20 of 23 attempts for a rate of 87.0%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they compiled a total of 37 with 5 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 28 assists in the matchup as well as having 8 steals and 8 rejections. Regarding the defense, Charlotte allowed the other team to go 39.1% from the floor on 34 out of 87 shooting. New York distributed 20 assists and had 6 steals in this game. In addition, the Knicks pulled down 49 rebounds (17 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 6 blocks. New York finished 64.7% when shooting free throws by knocking down 11 of their 17 tries. They knocked down 9 of their 37 attempts from 3-point land.
Gordon Hayward is someone who came through for the game. He had 34 points on 11 out of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 34:40 minutes and also totaled 3 boards. Hayward went 64.7% from the field and recorded 3 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in the matchup for the Hornets was Devonte' Graham. He grabbed 2 boards and earned 7 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 46.7% from the field in this game by connecting on 7-of-15 (19 points). When the final whistle blew, Graham was on the court for 35:11 minutes.
Charlotte will take the court with a win-loss record of 6-5 on the season. The Hornets are shooting 36.7% on shots from downtown (144 of 392) and 74.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 108.5 points per contest (24th in the league) while going 44.9% from the field. They are turning it over 15.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 19.5 fouls per contest. As a unit, Charlotte is grabbing 43.8 boards per game and has accumulated 318 assists this year, which ranks 1st in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Hornets are forcing their opponents into 16.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.9 fouls. They are 29th in the NBA in giving up assists with 308 conceded this year. The Hornets defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.2% (183 of 219) and they surrender 47.8 boards per contest as a unit. They are giving up 33.0% on three-point shots while they are 8th in the NBA in points per game allowed (107.5).
When they last stepped on the court, the Toronto Raptors took a loss by a final score of 112-111 when they played the Portland Blazers. The Raptors were able to collect 36 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for this game. They stuffed 5 attempts while recording 6 steals for the contest. The Blazers had 14 personal fouls for the contest which took the Raptors to the charity stripe for a total of 12 tries. They were able to make 12 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 100.0%. In regard to shooting from distance, Toronto made 19 out of their 47 attempts (40.4%). Overall, the Raptors shot 40 out of 89 from the floor which had them at 44.9%. The Raptors permitted the Blazers to knock down 38 of their 83 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 45.8% in this matchup. They went 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 14 of 42 and ended up shooting 22 out of 25 from the free throw line (88.0%). In regard to how they rebounded, Toronto permitted Portland to snag 42 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Pascal Siakam was important for the Raptors in the matchup. He made 9 out of 17 in this contest giving him a rate of 52.9%, which had him finishing with 22 points. Siakam collected 13 boards in his 36:45 mins of time on the court and had 10 assists for this contest. Someone else that was pivotal for Toronto was Chris Boucher. He racked up 20 points in his 32:12 mins on the court by way of 7 out of 12 shooting for this game. Boucher wrapped this one up going 58.3% from the field in addition to collecting 2 dimes and 8 total rebounds.
Toronto has a win-loss mark of 2-8 so far this year. The Raptors are responsible for committing 23.3 fouls per game while shooting 78.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 23.6 times per contest (19th in the league) and they are turning it over 14.3 times per contest. Toronto has scored 1,111 points on the campaign (111.1 per contest) and they snag 43.5 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Raptors are connecting on 44.0% from the floor, which ranks 26th in basketball. The Raptors are ranked 19th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 112.5. They have given up 26.7 dimes and 46.6 boards per game, which ranks 24th and 23rd in the league. The Toronto defense surrenders 36.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (136 of 372) and opponents are converting on 77.8% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 16.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.5% from the field (14th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (-7)
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