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Hornets are a Hot Bet vs the Raptors

Toronto Raptors

New Year’s Day action on the hardwood features a pair of Eastern Conference foes that are no stranger to one another. The Charlotte Hornets are set to travel north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors, and recent history is showing it’s the Hornets who have had a significant advantage in this series. In the last eight meetings between the clubs, Charlotte is 7-2 while going a sizzling 8-1 ATS.

Shark Bites
  • The Hornets are 7-2 SU and 8-1 ATS in their last nine games on the road in January.
  • The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last six games at home in January.
  • The Hornets are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games after consecutive ATS losses.

Both sides enter 2016 jockeying for playoff position in a suddenly crowded Eastern Conference. Toronto (20-13) ranks third in the East, while the Hornets (17-14) sit just outside of the playoff picture in ninth place. Charlotte has fared considerably better at home than on the road, as Kemba and Walker and company have prevailed just four times in 12 road games this year.

When the Raps take the floor in front of their hometown fans, the UNDER has been cashing as of late. Four of Toronto’s previous five games at the Air Canada Centre have gone below the closing total.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Toronto Raptors installed as -5.5-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 198.5.

A 108-95 result in favor of the Raptors is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Charlotte Hornets vs Toronto Raptors Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Raptors bring a 20-13 record (17-15-1 ATS) to the battle against the 17-14 Charlotte Hornets, who are 15-15-1 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Toronto Raptors go 15-18 so far and the Charlotte Hornets go 15-15-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Charlotte injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Toronto Raptors rated this week at No. 9 and the Charlotte Hornets sitting at No. 6.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Toronto's No. 10-rated NBA squad against Charlotte's No. 15-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Toronto rates No. 20 in the league with 8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 3 with 10.1 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Charlotte got 29 points from Kemba Walker en route to a 122-117 loss against Los Angeles on Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Toronto got 34 points from DeMar DeRozan en route to a 94-91 victory over Washington on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

Betting Trends
  • Charlotte is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Charlotte is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Charlotte is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Charlotte is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games on the road
  • Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games
  • Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Charlotte home to Oklahoma City, Saturday, January 2nd
Toronto home to Chicago, Sunday, January 3rd