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NBA Game Preview - Raptors underdogs vs Hornets at New Orleans

Toronto RaptorsNew Orleans Hornets
Dec 28, 8:00 PM | New Orleans Arena

Toronto Raptors vs New Orleans Hornets Odds

9-20TEAM RECORD6-22

Toronto travels to New Orleans on Friday, hoping to boost its 9-20 mark with a victory over the Hornets.

New Orleans will face the 9-20 Raptors, who own a 14-15 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Hornets are 14-14 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Raptors are 14-15 favoring the OVER.

View Toronto vs New Orleans Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those backing the visitors in this one found the Raptors listed as 3-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 184.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hornets sit at No. 25 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Raptors are at No. 28 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Raptors will win this game 91-90.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New Orleans's No. 25-rated squad against Toronto's No. 26-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New Orleans rates No. 15 in the league with 6.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 11 with 7.5 per outing.

Defensively, the Raptors feature the league's No. 25-rated defense on the road, giving up 103.6 points per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 100-80 loser as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Raptors failed to cover in the match as a 14-point underdog, while 180 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Toronto was crushed on Wednesday, getting run out of the gym by San Antonio and falling 100-80 at AT&T Center.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 97-94 winner as they battled the Magic on the road. The Hornets covered in the match as a 3-point underdog, while 191 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Hornets got a 29-point performance from Robin Lopez as New Orleans ran past Orlando 97-94 on Wednesday at Amway Center.

Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Orlando are 3-7
After playing San Antonio are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Charlotte are 5-5
After playing Orlando are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

A few Raptors at Hornets trends to consider:
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Toronto's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New Orleans's last 9 games at home
New Orleans is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Toronto
New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Toronto at Orlando, Saturday, December 29
New Orleans at Charlotte, Saturday, December 29

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