Hornets vs. Raptors NBA Betting Preview: Latest bet365 Odds for Dec. 18 Matchup

The Toronto Raptors will be facing the Charlotte Hornets on Monday following a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. This game marks the Hornets’ fourth consecutive loss, with their last win against the Raptors on Dec. 8. Both teams will be aiming to bounce back from recent defeats.

The betting odds for this matchup, provided by bet365, show the Hornets, who are 7-17 SU, 10-14 ATS, and 14-10 O/U, facing off against the Raptors, who are 10-15 SU, 12-13 ATS, and 13-12 O/U.

The Hornets are coming off a demoralizing 135-82 loss to the 76ers, in which they were missing key players such as Gordon Hayward, P.J. Washington, and LaMelo Ball due to injuries. Despite the absence of key contributors, the Hornets had an impressive offensive performance in their recent matchup with the Raptors, as four players surpassed the 20-point mark. Looking ahead, the Raptors’ defensive vulnerabilities present a promising opportunity for the Hornets to capitalize on scoring.

In their recent game against the Hawks, the Raptors faced a challenging night. However, Scottie Barnes and Jakob Poeltl showcased their talent, contributing significantly to the team’s efforts. Anticipating the upcoming matchup with the Hornets, the Raptors will look to build on recent standout performances.

Injury concerns for the Hornets include Ball, who has been ruled out, and Rozier, who is probable with a left thumb sprain. For the Raptors, Washington and Hayward are questionable, while Cody Martin has been ruled out.

Betting trends show that the past meetings between the two teams have resulted in the total going over on four occasions, and the Raptors have a 5-0 SU record in their past five home games against the Hornets.

Player prop trends reveal that Scottie Barnes has been consistently scoring over 21.5 points in his recent games. Conversely, Siakam has been dishing under 5.5 assists in his last eight games.

Several wagers to consider for this matchup include a spread bet on the Raptors and Scottie Barnes to score over 21.5 points, as well as a bet on over 225 total points, taking into account the Hornets’ injury situation.

In conclusion, both the Raptors and the Hornets will aim to capitalize on their respective opponents’ vulnerabilities and secure a victory in this upcoming matchup.