Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round at the Wells Fargo Center on April 25, 2022 in Philadelphia
All eyes will be on Pascal Siakam as the Raptors host the Hornets on Thursday, Jan. 12. AFP


  • The Toronto Raptors are favored to bear the Charlotte Hornets again
  • The Hornets need to improve their defense against the Raptors
  • The Raptors can go up 2-0 in their regular-season series with another win

The Toronto Raptors will meet the Charlotte Hornets once more on Thursday, January 12 at the Scotiabank Arena with the former looking to claim a repeat victory this season.

Toronto picked up a win last Tuesday, January 10, 132-120, with Pascal Siakam leading the way.

Siakam held up the fort for the Raptors with a game-high 28 points while also hauling down eight rebounds and finishing with eight assists.

Gary Trent Jr. chipped in 24 points, whereas O.G. Anunoby had 22 markers.

In that matchup, the Raptors had a season-high 20 three-pointers in 44 attempts.

It was the sixth time that Toronto won consecutive games this season but has yet to win three in a row.

"That was the game," Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said. "You can't pick and choose when you want to do the tough things. That's what we did tonight."

The Raptors are averaging 111.7 points per game. They also own a 44.8% field goal shooting clip and 33% from beyond the arc.

Defensively, Toronto is limiting opponents to 111.4 points per game and 48.7% field goal shooting.

Moreover, they are allowing the opposition 43.1 rebounds per outing and hold a 112.7 defensive rating.

Otto Porter Jr. has been listed as out against the Hornets and will miss the rest of the season after undergoing foot surgery.

Charlotte will try to buck the odds and level their regular season series with the Raptors.

In their last meeting, Terry Rozier led the way for the Hornets with 33 points, five rebounds, and five assists.

LaMelo Ball contributed 24 points of his own to go with a game-high 14 assists.

"We've just got to start holding each other accountable," Rozier said. "We're all grown. It's just what we've got to do. Obviously, our way hasn't been working, so we've got to turn it around."

The Hornets are averaging 112.1 points per game and shooting 44.8% from the field and 32.7% from rainbow country.

On the defensive side, they are giving up 118.5 points to opposing teams and allowing them to shoot 48% from the field per contest.

Charlotte is also surrendering 46.5 rebounds per game and has a defensive rating of 115.1, which is 27th in the league.

Reported not to be suiting up for the Hornets is Gordon Hayward, who is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury.

Oddsmakers pick the Raptors as -8 spread favorites to prevail over the Hornets with a +8 spread rating.

The Moneyline for this matchup is -309 for Toronto and +248 for Charlotte

With the game set to start at 7:30 PM ET, the showdown will be televised via NBA League Pass and fuboTV.

Terry Rozier
Terry Rozier will need to replicate his last game performance to improve the chances of the Hornets against the Raptors. Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images