I was correct on my last Raptors free betting tip as the Cavaliers (-4.5) triumphed over the Raptors in Toronto 120-112. I am now 22-25 in Raptors free betting tips. Tonight the 38-23 Toronto Raptors travel to Charlotte to take on the 26-33 Hornets.
(38-23) Toronto Raptors @ (26-33) Charlotte Hornets
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – James Johnson PF – Amir Johnson
Charlotte – PG – Mo Williams SG – Gerald Henderson C – Al Jefferson SF – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist PF – Cody Zeller
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 18.4 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.7 APG – Kyle Lowry 7.0
Charlotte – PPG – Mo Williams 21.6 RPG – Al Jefferson 8.8 APG – Mo Williams 8.9
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 104.6 (5th) PA – 100.9 (21st)
Charlotte – PF – 94.9 (27th) PA – 96.8 (7th)
The Toronto Raptors have dropped 6 of their last 7 games. On Wednesday they were downed 120-112 at home versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. Center Jonas Valanciunas finished with a double-double as he scored 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. He was 12 of 17 from the field in 31 minutes. Backup shooting guard Louis Williams came off the bench to pour in 26 points and dish out 6 assists. He was 7 of 8 from the field, including 4 of 4 from the 3 point line, and 8 of 8 from the foul line in 29 minutes. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan netted 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting in 39 minutes. Point guard Greivis Vasquez contributed with 6 points and 13 assists. He was 2 of 7 from the field in 40 minutes. The team shot 54.4% from the field, 47.6% from the 3 point line (10-21), and 94.1% from the free throw line (16-17). The team was narrowly out-rebounded by their opposition 35-34. The Raptors trailed by 14 at the half. Toronto is 17-12 on the road this season. Tonight is the start of a 3 game road trip. Their next game is Sunday at Oklahoma City.
The Charlotte Hornets have won 3 straight games. On Wednesday they were victorious 115-91 at Brooklyn. Center Al Jefferson and shooting guard Gerald Henderson each had 19 points. Jefferson was 8 of 16 from the field in 25 minutes. He also had 6 rebounds. Henderson was 7 of 11 from the field and 4 of 6 from the foul line in 31 minutes. Power forward Marvin Williams netted 18 points on 5 of 8 shooting in 26 minutes. He also had 7 rebounds. Point guard Mo Williams contributed with a double-double as he scored 14 points and dished out 14 assists. He was 6 of 13 from the field in 31 minutes. Small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also chipped in with a double-double as he totaled 10 points and 13 board. He was 4 of 7 from the field in 34 minutes. The team shot 49.4% from the field, 42.1% from the 3 point line (8-19), and 82.1% from the free throw line (23-28). They dominated the Nets on the glass they out-rebounded them 49-38. The Hornets had a huge first quarter as they outscored Brooklyn 35-15. Charlotte is 14-16 at home this season. Including tonight they play 4 of their next 5 games at home. Their next game is Sunday at Detroit.
Charlotte was victorious 103-95 at Toronto in their first meeting this season. The Hornets have won the last 5 meetings with the Raptors. After tonight the 2 teams play 1 more time this season, April 15th at Toronto.
The Raptors may get back Kyle Lowry tonight and if so that will be a huge boost for them. The Hornets are now sitting in the 8th spot in the East so every game here on out is important for them. This should be an excellent battle. I like the Raptors but not by much. I could see a 3-4 point win here. Take the Raptors -1 (1.90) (Bet365)
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