The Toronto Raptors will battle it out against the Charlotte Hornets this evening (8 January 2020) at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. The game will kickoff at 7:05 pm EST. These two Eastern Conference teams take center stage at Buzz City to see which team is better. The Raptors just came off a Tuesday night home game 101-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Just before that, the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-102 when they were on the road on Saturday night. On the other hand, Charlotte did not do so well in their Monday night game as they were dropped 115-104.
The Hornets are leading the regular season with a record of 44-37 while Toronto’s record sits at 24-13. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their previous eight games. This includes an incredible 136-96 win during a home game at the beginning of the season. The Raptors went into their Tuesday night matchup ranking second in the Atlantic division. They are just two games shy of being in the top spot, which is currently held by the Celtics.
Matchup Predictions as the Toronto Raptors take the Charlotte Hornets
The Toronto Raptors are ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference they are seven games behind the Bucks. Toronto has a record of 10-7 on the road in the current season. When it comes to road matchups, the Raptors only average 105.9 points per game. We can tell that the Toronto Raptors fare better where defense is concerned. They only allow an average of 102.1 points per game. The team is ranked 15th in the NBA when it comes to offense with an average of 110.8 points per game.
Toronto is tied in the 3rd spot in the league in the scoring defense category. We are expecting Pascal Siakam to lead the team with his record of 25.1 points for every eight rebounds per game. Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet will also make their contributions to help the Raptors win this matchup against the Hornets.
The Charlotte Hornets started well in the season, winning two consecutive games. But the euphoria was soon put to an end by the Indiana Pacers in a home game on Monday. Charlotte is ranked 3rd in the Southeast Division. They are 12.5 games behind the Miami Heat for the number one spot. When we look at the Eastern Conference playoffs, Charlotte is in 9th place. The Hornets are only three games behind Orlando for the ultimate playoff spot. Terry Rozier will surely lead the Hornets with his record of 28 points and six assists. In this matchup against the Toronto Raptors, we are expecting that the Raptors will have the advantage.
Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets Betting Odds
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