Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 3/13/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+2)
Spectrum Center is the site where and the Charlotte Hornets (18-18) will take on the Toronto Raptors (17-20) on Saturday. Toronto opens this game as 2-point dogs. The total opens at 228.5.
The Toronto Raptors took the court against the Atlanta Hawks and took a loss by a score of 121-120 in their last game. Toronto finished the contest with a 43.8% field goal percentage (42 of 96) and made 17 out of their 37 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Raptors made 19 of 23 shots for a rate of 82.6%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 50 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 23 assists in this contest in addition to forcing 14 turnovers and having 8 steals. Pertaining to defending, Toronto allowed the other team to shoot 43.3% from the field on 39 of 90 shooting. Atlanta totaled 20 dimes and had 8 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Atlanta snagged 53 rebounds (12 offensive, 41 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Atlanta ended up shooting 80.0% when shooting free throws by converting 28 of their 35 shots. They buried 15 of 42 tries from long range.
Norman Powell is someone who was a major factor for this game. He accounted for 33 points on 11 out of 20 shooting. He played for 38:55 minutes and grabbed 3 rebounds. Powell finished shooting 55.0% from the field and earned 4 assists. One more player that had an impact in the matchup for the Raptors was Kyle Lowry. He pulled down 6 rebounds in his 38:43 min on the court. He finished the game at 29.4% from the floor in the game by hitting 5-of-17 (17 points). In all, Lowry had 12 assists.
Toronto will take the court with a record of 17-20 for the campaign. The Raptors are shooting 38.5% on shots from downtown (574 of 1,490) and 83.2% from the free throw line. They average 113.2 pts per contest (13th in the league) while shooting 45.2% from the floor. They turn it over 13.7 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 22.1 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Toronto is collecting 41.5 boards per contest and has tallied 930 dimes on the year, which is 13th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Raptors are able to force 16.2 turnovers every game while drawing 20.3 personal fouls. They are surrendering 37.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 14th in basketball in opponents PPG (111.8). The Raptors defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.7% (600 of 752) and they relinquish 45.0 rebounds per contest as a group. They are ranked 28th in the league in giving up assists with 981 relinquished on the year.
The last time they took the court, the Charlotte Hornets took home the win by a final score of 105-102 against the Detroit Pistons. The Hornets pulled down 33 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 45 for the matchup. They coughed up the ball 9 times, while getting 9 steals in this matchup. The Pistons earned 21 fouls for this contest which took the Hornets to the charity stripe for a total of 24 shots. They were able to make 23 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 95.8%. In terms of shots from distance, Charlotte buried 10 of their 30 tries (33.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Hornets finished 36 out of 90 from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.0%. The Hornets allowed the Pistons to convert 38 of 85 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.7% for the game. They shot 32.6% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 15 of 46 and ended up going 11 out of 14 from the free throw line (78.6%). When talking about attacking the glass, Charlotte allowed Detroit to pull down 50 overall (11 on the offensive side).
P.J. Washington pitched in for the Hornets in this game. He converted 6 of 10 for the game giving him a rate of 60.0%, and earned 9 rebounds. Washington totaled 20 points in his 32:10 mins on the court and had 3 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that played a role for Charlotte was Gordon Hayward. He ended up finishing with 3 dimes in 38:05 minutes played, and he converted 4 of 15 from the floor. Hayward ended up shooting 26.7% from the field and also contributing 17 points and 3 rebounds.
Charlotte has a mark of 18-18 so far this year. Charlotte has tallied 4,050 pts on the season (112.5 per contest) and they pull in 44.0 boards per contest. The Hornets are committing 18.5 personal fouls every game and they hit 78.1% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Hornets are shooting 46.3% from the floor, which is ranked 16th in the NBA. They are earning an assist 27.1 times per contest (4th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 15.3 times per game. The Hornets on the defensive end are ranked 21st in basketball in points allowed per game with 112.9. They are forcing their opponents into 15.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.1% from the floor (22nd in the league). The Charlotte defense surrenders 37.5% on shots from distance (547 of 1,459) and their opponents are knocking down 73.9% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 28.3 dimes and 44.6 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 30th and 18th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto (+2)
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