Hornets vs. Raptors Prediction
The struggling Toronto Raptors will look to right the ship on Saturday night at home when they host the Charlotte Hornets at 7:30 p.m. ET. Will the Raptors also cover as a 7.5-point home favorite or is there a better option in this conference tilt?
525 Charlotte Hornets (+7.5) at 526 Toronto Raptors (-7.5); o/u 218.5
7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 16, 2021
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Charlotte Hornets DFS Spin
Gordon Hayward (left hip strain) is questionable for Saturday vs. the Raptors. This is basically a non-update. Hayward was probable for Thursday before being downgraded to out, so he remains day-to-day. If the Hornets decide to be cautious again, Malik Monk made a strong case for more minutes vs. the Raptors. Caleb Martin got the fill-in start, but hit 1-of-7 shots and 3-of-4 free throws for five points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and three turnovers in 24 minutes.
Toronto Raptors DFS Spin
Pascal Siakam notched 15 points (6-of-15 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs) with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and two triples in a 111-108 win over the Hornets on Thursday. This improves the Raptors to 3-8 on the season and they will be encouraged that Siakam is starting to look more like himself -- he averaged 24 points, 7.0 assists and 10.5 rebounds on 52.9 percent shooting on their recent road trip. "There's some speed up the floor," Nurse said. "There's much better movement and connectivity on defense. Just playing all around like he's capable of, so it's good to see. Really bright spot on this trip, for sure." Toronto will get a rematch vs. the Hornets on Saturday.
Hornets vs. Raptors Betting Prediction
The Hornets have covered the spread in five of the last six meetings between these two teams and in 17 of their last 24 trips to Toronto. They’re also 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, are 9-4-1 against the number in their last 14 road games and are 16-5-1 at the betting window in their last 22 games as an underdog. On the other side, the Raptors are just 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 games as a favorite, are 1-8 against the number in their last nine home games and are winless at the window in their last four games coming off a win.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: CHARLOTTE HORNETS +7.5