Charlotte Hornets vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 1/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (-2.5)
The Charlotte Hornets (6-7) travel to Amalie Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Toronto Raptors (3-8). Charlotte opens this contest as 2.5-point favorites. The total is set at 226.
The Charlotte Hornets faced off with the Raptors and took a loss by a score of 111-108 in their last game. Charlotte ended with a 48.3% field goal percentage (42 out of 87) and buried 15 out of their 35 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Hornets converted 9 of their 12 attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. When discussing hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 44 with 14 of them being offensive. They also dished out 32 assists for this game as well as having 11 steals and 5 blocks. With regard to defense, Charlotte allowed their opponent to shoot 45.5% from the floor on 40 out of 88 shooting. Toronto doled out 33 dimes and had 13 steals for the game. In addition, the Raptors grabbed 40 boards (13 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Toronto finished the game shooting 84.6% at the charity stripe by making 11 of their 13 attempts. They converted 20 of 50 tries from downtown.
Terry Rozier is a guy who played a role in this contest. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 10 of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 37:08 mins and also totaled 3 boards. Rozier finished the game at 62.5% from the floor and distributed 5 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this contest for the Hornets was P.J. Washington. He totaled 11 rebounds and also collected 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field in this contest by shooting 7-of-14 (20 points). In all, Washington played for 33:12 minutes.
Charlotte heads into this game with a win-loss record of 6-7 on the season. They average 107.2 points per game (24th in basketball) while hitting 44.5% from the floor. The Hornets are connecting on 36.3% on shots from downtown (169 of 465) and 73.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Charlotte is pulling down 44.5 boards per contest and has earned 376 dimes so far this year, which is 1st in basketball in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 15.3 times per game and as a squad are committing 19.0 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on the defensive end, the Hornets are forcing 16.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.2 fouls. The Hornets defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.0% (211 of 250) and they surrender 47.7 boards per game as a group. They rank 30th in the NBA in giving up assists with 363 surrendered so far this year. They give up 33.7% from beyond the arc while they are 8th in the league in points per game allowed (107.5).
In their win against Charlotte, the Raptors snagged 27 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 40 for the matchup. They also rejected 6 shots while recording 13 steals in this contest. The Hornets committed 15 fouls for the contest which took the Raptors to the free throw line for a total of 13 shots. They were able to make 11 of the free throws for a percentage of 84.6%. When discussing shots from beyond the arc, Toronto made 20 of their 50 attempts (40.0%). Overall, the Raptors finished 40 for 88 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.5%. The Raptors permitted the Hornets to make 42 out of their 87 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 48.3% for this game. They went 42.9% from beyond the arc by connecting on 15 out of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 12 from the charity stripe (75.0%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Toronto allowed Charlotte to get 44 in all (14 on the offensive side).
Chris Boucher was important for the Raptors in the matchup. He converted 8 out of 12 for this contest giving him a rate of 66.7%, which earned him 25 points. Boucher collected 10 rebounds in his 29:31 minutes of playing time and added 2 dimes in this game. One more player who came through for Toronto was Fred VanVleet. He walked away with 17 points in his 35:30 minutes on the hardwood via 6 of 20 from the floor for this game. VanVleet wrapped this one up going 30.0% from the floor while totaling 8 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Toronto has a win-loss mark of 3-8 this year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Raptors are shooting 44.1% from the field, which is 26th in the NBA. Toronto has totaled 1,222 pts for the campaign (111.1 per contest) and they pull in 43.2 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 24.5 times per game (17th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.6 times per game. The Raptors commit 22.6 personal fouls every game and they shoot 78.9% from the free throw line. The Raptors on the defensive end are ranked 19th in the league in points given up per game with 112.1. They concede 27.2 dimes and 46.4 rebounds every game, which ranks them 26th and 23rd in the NBA. The Toronto defense surrenders 37.1% from downtown (151 of 407) and their opposition makes 77.7% of their foul shots. They are able to force 16.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.8% from the floor (16th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Charlotte (-2.5)
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