Raptors vs. Hornets Prediction

Raptors vs. Hornets: Is Toronto a good bet to cover off a loss? 1/20/17

Are the Raptors a good bet to beat the Hornets tonight at 7:00PM ET coming off a loss to the lowly 76ers?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Hornets are 1-point home favorites versus the Raptors after they opened as 2-point favorites. As for the total, the number hit the board at 216 but has been bet down to 215 at the majority of sports books.

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The Raptors' big two of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan did their part on Wednesday but Toronto still fell to Philadelphia, 94-89. Lowry returned from a day of rest to finish with 24 points with four rebounds, five steals and three 3-pointers. DeRozan, meanwhile, added 25 points on 11-of-21 shooting with one 3-point attempt in 38 minutes. He also had six assists, three boards, one steal and just two turnovers in the loss.

The Hornets finally snapped a five-game losing streak with a 107-85 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Leading scorer Kemba Walker finished with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range, and 3-of-5 shooting from the line. Roy Hibbert added 16 points while Nicolas Batum finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in the win.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Raptors have had their issues covering in Charlotte (they're just 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 road games against the Hornets), but I love them coming off a loss. They're 7-2 against the number in their last nine games following defeat and are a solid 16-5 at the betting window in their last 21 conference games. The Raptors have also covered in four of their last five games overall while the Hornets are winless at 0-8 against the number in their last eight games versus Atlantic Division opponents.

 

FRIDAY NBA PREDICTION: TORONTO RAPTORS +1

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