NBA Preview: Hornets at the Raptors (January 16) - Sports Nerd

NBA Preview: Hornets at the Raptors (January 16)

The Charlotte Hornets will take on the Toronto Raptors at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Amalie Arena in the second of their back-to-back games. Toronto is now 3-8 overall while the Hornets are 6-7.

Where to watch the game

You can watch the game live on TSN

Last Game Analysis

In Thursday’s game the Hornets got a better start like they were hoping for, but they could not withstand a game-long barrage of three-pointers by the Raptors. On the night, he Raptors connected on 20-of-50 three-point attempts (40%).

Fred VanVleet had 17 points for Toronto and Pascal Siakam added 15 points, OG Anunoby had 13 points and Norman Powell had 11.

Terry Rozier scored 22 points for the Hornets and PJ Washington led the way for the visitors with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, a game-high 11 rebounds and two blocks. P.J. Washington added 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Down 31-23 about 10 minutes into the game, Toronto closed out the first quarter on a 12-3 run and then outscored the Hornets, 36-28, in the second to head into halftime holding a nine-point lead. Charlotte’s defense started to tighten up over the final two frames, holding the Raptors to just 40 second-half points and helping fuel a comeback that put the team down by five with just under a minute left.

The Raptors burned over 30 seconds off the clock with two missed shots sandwiched around a timely offensive rebound. The Hornets finally got a chance to tie the score on the other end, but Washington’s three-point attempt grazed off the rim shortly before the final buzzer sounded.

Both sides had trouble holding onto the ball and stopping transition baskets, leading to 38 combined turnovers and 55 points off takeaways.


 While we are still waiting to see if there is any new team news ahead of Saturday night’s game it does seem that Toronto’s luck has changed. Their previous two losses were unlucky and they have been looking a stronger team in their recent performances.

We predict another Raptors win with a score of 113 – 107.

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