Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Feb 06, 2024

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The Toronto Raptors end a six-game road trip Wednesday night with a visit to the struggling Charlotte Hornets.

Toronto
25-57
AT
February 07, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Spectrum Center
Charlotte
21-61
Pointspread -7.5 -105
Moneyline -275
Over / Under o +227.5
Pointspread +7.5 -115
Moneyline +220
Over / Under u +227.5

The struggling Toronto Raptors look to conclude a six-game road trip on a successful note Wednesday.

Toronto opened as 6.5-point favourites to win on the NBA odds at a bad and injury-ravaged Charlotte Hornets team.

Raptors vs. Hornets NBA Betting Odds

Former Raptors franchise icon and point guard Kyle Lowry is still a member of the Charlotte Hornets after he was traded there from Miami last month in the Terry Rozier deal, but Lowry hasn’t suited up a game for his new team and will not as he’ll either be traded again by Thursday’s deadline or be bought out and sign with a contender. The Hornets are a million miles from that, so there’s really no point in keeping Lowry.

Now that the Hornets are under new ownership, expect coach Steve Clifford to be fired after this season, if he makes it that far. This franchise is a bit of a mess and it will be back to the draft lottery. Charlotte seems to never get lucky in that.

Wednesday is the third of four regular-season meetings between the teams with Charlotte in Toronto on March 3 to close it out. They split the first two, each winning at home. Scottie Barnes is averaging 26.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists in the two games. Pascal Siakam also had good numbers but of course is with Indiana now. Rozier averaged 21.5 points in the two for Charlotte before he was moved.

Charlotte leads the all-time series 48-47 and 29-17 at home. The Raptors have won the past four season series, however.

Toronto Raptors

Toronto was in a really bad spot Monday in New Orleans after playing double overtime on Sunday night in Oklahoma City, and the Raptors were unsurprisingly blown out by the Pelicans 138-100.

“Our performance was not acceptable,” coach Darko Rajakovic said.

RJ Barrett got the second night of a back-to-back off and Jontay Porter remained out injured. Barrett will play Wednesday, and Porter has been upgraded to questionable. Gary Trent had just two points in 15 first-half minutes and didn’t play after intermission with lower back stiffness. He’s probable for this one. Big man Chris Boucher was a healthy scratch the previous two games but had 11 points and six rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench. There are heavy rumours he will be traded by Thursday’s deadline.

One positive from Monday was rookie Gradey Dick with a career-high 22 points. Dick led the team in points for the first time in his career while recording a career-high 30 minutes played. The Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram became the first player in NBA history to score at least 40 points, make at least eight three-pointers, shoot 75 per cent from the field and not commit a single turnover in the same game. Ingram had 41 points on 16-for-21 from the field, including 8-for-11 from deep. Toronto is 1-4 on this road trip and 7-20 overall away. The Raptors are 4-8 ATS in their past 12 overall.

Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte lost its eighth in a row Monday, 124-118 at home to the Lakers despite a career-high 41 points from Miles Bridges – don’t be surprised if he’s traded by Thursday as a pending free agent (and with some off-court baggage). Rookie No. 2 overall pick Brandon Miller had 33 points to become the first Hornets rookie ever to score at least 30 points in back-to-back games. He has scored at least 20 points in nine of his last 11 outings, averaging better than 23 points in that span. Early this season, it looked like taking Miller that high might have been a mistake but not now.

Several Hornets were out injured on Monday, led by LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward and Mark Williams. Hayward reportedly could return Wednesday. He has been out since Dec. 26 due to a left calf strain. The team was so short-handed that former undrafted free agent Leaky Black made his first NBA start Monday. He had two points in 16 minutes. Charlotte has lost 13 straight games vs. Eastern Conference foes.

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