In an Eastern Conference matchup, the Toronto Raptors (-272) will travel to take on the Charlotte Hornets (+218) at the Spectrum Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 ET and the game will be televised on BSSE. If you’re interested in placing a wager, you can bet this game at Bovada.

Currently, the Raptors are favored by 6.5 points over the Hornets. Toronto has lost three straight games and is 12th in the Eastern Conference at 17-33. Meanwhile, Charlotte has lost eight in a row and is 13th in the East at 10-39.

Will Toronto Be The Talk of Spectrum Center?

Toronto is favored by 6.5 points today and has gone 7-9 ATS as the favorite this season. As the favorite, they have a scoring differential of +2.3 PPG.

In the Eastern Conference standings, the Raptors are in 12th place with a record of 17-33. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 11-21 and 0-11 against teams in their division.

This season, the Raptors have an O/U record of 27-22-1, and the over has hit in their last three games. On average, their games have finished with 232 points.

In their most recent game, the Raptors lost to the Pelicans by a score of 138-100. They were 11-point underdogs in that game and are now 3-9 as the underdog. The O/U line for that game was 232 points.

On the road, the Raptors are 14-13 ATS compared to 10-13 ATS at home. Their straight-up road record is 7-20, and they are 12-20 vs. the spread on the road.

Heading into tonight’s game, the Raptors are 19th in the league in scoring at 114.3 points per game. However, they have been better on the road, averaging 116.4 points per game compared to 111.8 at home (27th).

So far this season, the Raptors have outscored the NBA scoring average in 46% of their games. They are 12th in field goal percentage at 47% and 20th in true shooting percentage.

When it comes to pace, Toronto is 14th in the league at 99 possessions per game. In terms of two-point shooting, they are 15th in the NBA at 54%.

Coming into the game, the Raptors’ defense is giving up an average of 117.8 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 56.0% of their games. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Raptors squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 56.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.5% from downtown.

  • Gary Trent Jr. (Probable) Back
  • Jontay Porter (Questionable) Back

Does Charlotte Have a Shot at a Home Win?

In their last game, the Hornets covered the spread in a 124-118 loss to the Lakers. They were 13.5-point underdogs going into the game. The O/U line for the game was 227 points.

Charlotte is 10-39 on the season and has lost eight straight games. In the Eastern Conference, they are in 13th place and 4th in the Southeast Division.

This season, the Hornets have been the underdog in all but four of their games. As the underdog, they are 8-37 straight-up and 16-27 against the spread. Today, they are 6.5-point underdogs.

On average, Charlotte’s games have seen 228.9 points scored, which is higher than today’s O/U line of 225.5. This year, their games have averaged an O/U line of 228.2.

In the Eastern Conference, the Hornets have a record of 7-23 compared to 3-16 against non-conference opponents. Their ATS record is 16-31 on the season.

So far this season, the Hornets’ offense has struggled to score consistently, ranking 28th in the NBA in points per game. At home, they are averaging 108.2 points per game, which is 29th in the league. In terms of field goal percentage, they are shooting 45% overall, which is also 28th. From behind the arc, they are connecting on 36% of their attempts.

When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, Charlotte is last in the NBA in both attempts and makes. In terms of pace, they are 20th in the league at 98.1 possessions per game. So far, they have made 11.9 three-pointers per game, which is 21st in the NBA.

Looking at their overall offensive numbers, the Hornets are 20th in assists and 20th in offensive rebounds. In terms of two-point shooting, they are 28th in the league at 51%.

At present, the Hornets’ defense is ranked 25th, allowing 120.3 points per game. In their previous matchup vs. the Lakers, the Hornets’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 56% leading to 124 points.

  • Kyle Lowry (Out) Not With Team
  • Gordon Hayward (Questionable) Calf
  • Frank Ntilikina (Questionable) Hip
  • Cody Martin (Questionable) Knee
  • LaMelo Ball (Out) Ankle
  • Mark Williams (Out) Back

Raptors vs. Hornets Pick

For a point-spread wager in this Raptors vs. Hornets game, we suggest taking the Hornets at +6.5. Even though our predictions have the Raptors winning 111-109, we see the Hornets as the better choice on the point-spread.

Pick: Take the Hornets at +6.5

The Total

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 225.5 and our model has the Raptors and Hornets finishing with a combined 220 points. Our pick is to take the under.

Pick: Go Under 225.5 points (-111)