Raptors vs. Hornets Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 12, 2021

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It’s the first road game of the second half of the NBA regular season for the Raptors as they face the Hornets in the front end of a back-to-back.

Toronto
27-45
AT
March 13, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Spectrum Center
Charlotte
33-39
Pointspread +2.5 -105
Moneyline +122
Over / Under o +234

44%

Betting Action

56%

Pointspread -2.5 -115
Moneyline -147
Over / Under u +234

44%

Betting Action

56%

The NBA odds are in flux because of Raptors players in COVID protocols.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Toronto faces the Bulls in Chicago on Sunday so will be flying out to the Windy City late Saturday. It’s not part of a back-to-back for Charlotte.

This will wrap up the season series as the Dinos beat the Hornets in back-to-back games in Tampa in mid-January, 111-108 and then 116-113. Chris Boucher averaged 22.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in the two despite coming off the bench in both. Kyle Lowry averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.

The Hornets’ best player, Gordon Hayward, had 25 points and five rebounds in the one game he played. Terry Rozier averaged 23.0 points. LaMelo Ball, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 draft, averaged 12.5 points, 7.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds in the two. Ball is a heavy favourite to win NBA Rookie of the Year honours.

Toronto is 5-11 ATS in its past 16 trips to Charlotte. The over is 6-1-1 in the past eight meetings overall.

Toronto Raptors

It’s obviously hard to predict any Raptors games until they get three key players cleared from COVID protocols, but neither the team nor the NBA has any obligation to give a head’s up as to when that might happen. With the week off during the All-Star break, it seemed likely the Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby would return Thursday in Tampa vs. Atlanta but none did – reading between the lines, someone among that trio may have tested positive because Coach Nick Nurse was back.

Even short-handed, the Dinos were in control vs. the Hawks midway through the fourth quarter up 15 points but lost 121-120 on a Tony Snell three-point buzzer-beater. In the fourth quarter overall, Toronto was 9-for-25 from the field with five turnovers. Norman Powell had 33 points and Chris Boucher 29 off the bench. Kyle Lowry had 17 and passed Chris Bosh (10,275) to move into second all-time on the franchise scoring list. Lowry may never catch DeMar DeRozan (13,296), though. Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its past five after a loss.

Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte was a 105-102 winner over Detroit on Thursday to reach .500 for the first time since being 6-6. PJ Washington was in some question with an injury but had 20 points and nine rebounds. LaMelo Ball had seven points, nine assists and five rebounds. Devonte Graham returned after missing seven games due to injury and had seven points in 18 minutes. He was starting earlier in the year but Ball isn’t coming out of the starting five at this point so Graham will serve as a Sixth Man most likely.

The Hornets do have a Canadian player in the organization in Nate Darling, but the Halifax native is on a two-way contract and has yet to see action in an NBA game. The Hornets are 0-6 ATS in their past six after a win. Our prediction below is the Raptors without their three key guys. Even if they are back, they likely won’t be in great game shape, so the Hornets are the pick.

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