NBA Betting Preview (Feb. 7): Raptors Vs. Hornets Odds

The Toronto Raptors are in Charlotte on Wednesday to play their sixth and final game of their season-long tying road trip.

Toronto is 1-4 on the road trip (3-2 against the spread, though) and is coming off a 138-100 thrashing at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. Wednesday’s contest marks the third game of the season series with the Hornets. The teams have split the first two games with the home team coming away victorious in each instance. Toronto has won five of the past six contests against Charlotte.

Bet on Raptors vs. Hornets

TOR -7
CHA +7

The Hornets last played on Monday, falling 124-118 to the Los Angeles Lakers. They’ve dropped eight straight games (1-7 ATS) heading into this contest against the Raptors.

Let’s dive into the odds for this matchup courtesy of bet365:

Raptors vs. Hornets odds

Raptors Moneyline Odds-270
Hornets Moneyline Odds+220
Over/Under225.5 points (over -110, under -110)
SpreadRaptors -7 (-110)
Time/DateFeb. 7, 7:00 p.m. ET
TVBroadcast: SN1
Stream: NBA League Pass
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About the Raptors (17-33 SU, 24-26 ATS, 27-23 o/u)

The Raptors received some good news on Tuesday when the NBA announced that Scottie Barnes had been selected as an injury replacement for the 2024 All-Star Game. With the selection, Barnes becomes the youngest player since Chris Bosh (2006) and the ninth overall in franchise history to earn an All-Star nod. He’s the first and only player in the NBA this season to total 1,000+ points, 400+ rebounds, 60+ blocks, and 60+ steals through their team’s first 50 games.

Wednesday’s game will also mark the team’s final contest before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. The Raptors have already been busy on the trade front but could continue to be active in the final hours leading up to the deadline. Bruce Brown, Gary Trent Jr., and Dennis Schroder are all rumoured to be on the trade block. Don’t be surprised if you see a late scratch or two leading up to the tip in this one as trade talks intensify leading up to 3 p.m. ET on Thursday.

As for the actual game on Wednesday, there are two key statistical categories to hone in on from a betting perspective. Toronto has outrebounded Charlotte by +28 (106-to-78) in the series and recorded a +14 (62-to-48) advantage in assists. The Raptors are ranked second in the league in assists per game (29.5).

RJ Barrett over 9.5 rebounds + assists


About the Hornets (10-39 SU, 17-32 ATS, 26-23 o/u)

Like the Raptors, the Hornets are also expected to be sellers leading up to the trade deadline. LaMelo Ball, Brandon Miller, and Mark Williams are the only untouchables on the roster, but everyone else is fair game to be dealt by Thursday afternoon. Forward P.J. Washington and Kyle Lowry are rumoured to be the most likely players to be traded. There are also rumours swirling that the club is entertaining offers for forward Miles Bridges, too.

Scoring has been a real issue for the Hornets as they rank horribly in points per game (108.5 – 28th), field goal percentage (45.8% – 28th), and offensive rating (110.6 – 28th). The team is also dealing with a plethora of injuries (more on that below), which doesn’t bode well for Wednesday’s tilt with the Raptors.

Injury concerns

For the Raptors, Trent Jr. (back) is probable and Jontay Porter (back) is questionable.

On the Hornets’ injury front, Ball (ankle), Williams (back), and Lowry (unspecified) are all out. Gordon Hayward (calf), Cody Martin (knee), and Frank Ntilikina (hip) are all questionable.

  • The Hornets are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The over is 4-1 in Toronto’s last five games.
  • Charlotte has been the moneyline underdog 45 total times this season and has finished 8-37 SU in those games.
  • Miller has been firing on cylinders for the Hornets, averaging 29.2 points per game over his last five. He’s -110 to score over 22.5 points and is coming off back-to-back 30+ point performances. Miller has also drained three or more three-pointers in five straight contests (he’s -160 to record over 2.5 threes).
  • RJ Barrett could be worth a look in the rebounds + assists category. He’s cleared his line of 9.5 (-105 over) in seven straight games and in eight of his last 10.
  • Jakob Poeltl hasn’t been trustworthy with the ball recently, averaging 2.6 turnovers per game over his last five. He’s -110 to record over 1.5 turnovers, a number he’s cleared in five straight games.

Wagers to consider

  • Miller’s recent offensive outbursts can’t be overlooked as he’s shooting with confidence. Consider him to hit the over on his points (22.5, -110) and threes made (2.5, -160).
  • Barrett over 20.5 points (-115). Barrett sat out Monday’s contest with the Pelicans as a precaution after returning from a left knee injury last Sunday against the Thunder. He’ll be fresh for this contest and put up 23 points in his return from injury. The Canadian is averaging 21.1 points per game since being acquired by the Raptors via the Knicks and he’s cleared 20.5 points in seven of his last 10 games.