The NBA is set up with another great night of action throughout March 13. Eight games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these games will be between the Toronto Raptors and the Charlotte Hornets. These two teams have struggled throughout this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Raptors have earned a record of 17-20 throughout this season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. Toronto has lost three straight games and will look to turn it around in this one. The Raptors are still dealing with issues due to COVID-19, which could hurt them in this game. Toronto will look to put it together though as they meet with the Hornets.
Charlotte have put up a record of 18-18 to this point in the season, which has them in eighth place of the Eastern Conference. The Hornets have won two games in a row entering this one. Charlotte will look to keep this short stint of success going with a win on Saturday night. If the Hornets can exploit Toronto’s beat up lineup, it could give them the win.
These two teams have not been great throughout this season, but the Hornets have been slightly better. Toronto has struggled a bit as of late due to COVID-19 going around the locker room. The Raptors will continue to be without key players, but they will look for their depth to step up in this one. I expect a good game between these two teams in this one.
The Raptors and the Hornets have met up twice already throughout this season. Tampa, Florida hosted the first game on January 14 for Toronto. Terry Rozier scored 22 points, while P.J. Washington dropped 20 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Boucher had 25 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Fred VanVleet added 17 points and 8 assists to help give the Raptors a 111-108 win at their temporary home.
The second game of the season series stayed in Tampa, Florida on January 16. Gordon Hayward dropped 25 points and Terry Rozier added 24 points. Devonte’ Graham added 20 points, but it was not enough for Charlotte. Norman Powell scored 24 points, while Chris Boucher finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Kyle Lowry added 19 points as the Raptors earned a 116-113 win.
Toronto has been able to win both games of the season series so far this season. The Raptors have won four of their last five games against Charlotte and will look to keep that streak going. The Hornets kept the first two games of this season’s series tight, but Toronto will look to push for the lead in this one. I expect a tight battle as these two teams look to gain an edge early.
Field Goal Shooting
The Raptors have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season so far. Toronto has been able to make 45.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 24th in the NBA. The Raptors are also shooting 38.5 percent from deep, which is 6th in the league. Toronto has drained 83.2 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 3rd in the NBA.
Charlotte has been solid shooting this season as well. The Hornets have shot 46.3 percent from the field this season, which is 16th in the league. Charlotte has also been able to make around 38.4 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 7th in the NBA. The Hornets have sunk 78.1 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 16th in the league.
The Hornets have been slightly better shooting from the field this season, but it is Toronto’s defense that has been more impressive. The Raptors have held their opponents to a 45.7 percent from the field, which is 8th in the NBA. Charlotte has given up a shooting percentage of 47.1 percent to opposing teams, which is 22nd in the league. Toronto’s defense will need to continue to succeed though with players out in this one.
Norman Powell will look to lead the Raptors in this one on Saturday night. Powell is averaging 19 points per game this season. Kyle Lowry has averaged 18 points and 7 assists per game this season. Chris Boucher is averaging 14 points and 6.5 rebounds per game off the bench. Toronto is without Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby.
Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier have helped lead this Hornets team this season. Hayward has averaged 21.5 points per game, while Rozier is averaging 20.5 points. LaMelo Ball has averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 assists per game in his rookie season. Devonte’ Graham and Malik Monk are both averaging 13.5 points per game. P.J. Washington has averaged 12.5 points per game to round out the lineup.
Toronto’s injuries will play a big factor entering this one. Siakam and VanVleet have both averaged around 20 points per game, while Anunoby was averaging 14 points per game. Charlotte’s lineup is much more deep in this game and they will look to use that to their advantage on Friday night. I expect the Hornets to try and use their bench to push the pace in this one.
Charlotte has been slightly better this season, but they have lost both games against the Raptors so far. The Hornets have a good chance to knock off Toronto in this one though as they will face off against a depleted Raptors roster. If Charlotte can come out shooting well and stifle Toronto’s stars, I think they will be able to knock off the Raptors.
BetOnline has the Hornets listed as a -2 against the spread in this one. I think that this line makes a lot of sense with how Toronto’s lineup is suffering. Charlotte is trying to hold onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and need to get wins like this one if they want to stay in the race. I think the Hornets will come out strong in this one to earn a much needed win.