The Toronto Raptors were without two starters when they hosted the Charlotte Hornets less than two weeks ago and still managed to pull off a win. Another triumph could be ahead on Monday as leading scorer Fred VanVleet and small forward Scottie Barnes are both expected to be in the lineup when the five-game winning streak Raptors visit the Hornets. VanVleet, who is averaging 21.6 points, missed the previous encounter with right knee pain while Barnes was eliminated late in the game with a right wrist condition.
Tipping at the Spectrum Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Toronto is a 1.5 point favorite in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest Raptors vs Hornets odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 224. Before you make any Hornets vs Raptors picks, be sure to see NBA predictions and betting tips from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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- Difference Raptors vs Hornets: Toronto -1.5
- Raptors vs. Hornets over-under: 224 points
- Silver line Raptors vs Hornets: Toronto -125, Charlotte +105
- TOR: Raptors are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games
- CHA: Hornets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as home underdogs
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Why the Raptors can cover
VanVleet leads Toronto with 21.6 points and 7.2 assists per game after recording 26 and 11, respectively, in Friday’s 125-114 triumph over Atlanta. It was the 10th double-double of the season for the 27-year-old shooter, who posted his first career triple-double last month with 37 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Utah on Jan. 7. Pascal Siakam is just behind VanVleet at 21.4 points per game after matching his season-high 33 against the Hawks.
Siakam scored 21 of those points in the first quarter and finished 11 of 16 from the floor. The 27-year-old forward grabbed nine rebounds in the win and is averaging 22.5 points and 9.4 boards over his last 10 games. The Raptors, who have won three of four games on the road, have averaged 113.4 points in their last 10 games overall.
Why the Hornets can cover
Like the Raptors, Charlotte has three players averaging 18.4 or more points, with Miles Bridges leading the trio at 19.7. The 23-year-old small forward is eager to emerge from a funk that saw him finish below that number in three consecutive games and return to the form he scored 20 or more points in eight of his 10 last games in January. One of those fights came in the loss to Toronto on Jan. 25, when Bridges had 22 points.
LaMelo Ball is just behind Bridges with an average of 19.6 points and leads Charlotte with 7.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The 20-year-old point guard has hit double numbers in 21 straight games and produced 25 with seven assists in his first meeting with the Raptors this season. Shooter Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 16 points in their 104-86 loss to Miami on Saturday and is shooting 37.2 percent from 3 points this campaign.
How to make Raptors vs. Hornets picks
SportsLine’s model leans into the total, projecting a combined 216 points. The model also indicates that one side of the gap hits well over 50% of the time. You can only see the model choice on SportsLine.
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