Hornets vs Raptors Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/8

Hornets vs Raptors Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/8

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Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte, NC; Friday, 5:00 p.m. EST

Spread: TOR -4.5
Over/Under: 223.5

Introduction

The Toronto Raptors (9-12) clash with the Charlotte Hornets (6-13) in a matchup that promises intensity. As both teams seek redemption, this game at Spectrum Center, scheduled for Friday at 5:00 p.m. EST, becomes crucial. Dive into this preview for insights into player statistics, recent team performances, and a final prediction.

 

Team Analysis

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors, currently fifth in the Atlantic, aim to regain momentum. Pascal Siakam, their leading scorer, will play a pivotal role in navigating past the struggling Hornets.

Player Spotlight: Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam, averaging 20.5 points per game with a 48.5% field goal percentage, provides offensive firepower for the Raptors. His contributions will be key in securing a victory.

 

Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets, currently fourth in the Southeast, hope to defend their home court. Despite a lack of injured players, they face challenges against a Raptors team aiming for redemption.

Player Spotlight: LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball, averaging 24.7 points per game with a 44.3% field goal percentage, is a bright spot for the Hornets. His playmaking abilities will be crucial in countering the Raptors.

 

Prediction

Anticipate a closely contested game with both struggling teams seeking redemption. Given their recent performances and a total points line set at 223.5, the under becomes an attractive pick. Both teams may prioritize defense, leading to a lower-scoring affair.

 

Pick: Under 223.5 Points

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