As the Toronto Raptors take on the Charlotte Hornets, OG Anunoby is primed to light up the scoreboard from beyond the arc, making the over 2.5 3PM a solid play for bettors.
The NBA season is winding down, and with every game having playoff implications, players are stepping up their performance. One such player is OG Anunoby, the versatile forward for the Toronto Raptors. As the Raptors prepare to face the Charlotte Hornets, Anunoby finds himself in a favorable position to make a significant impact from beyond the three-point line.
Anunoby has been on a tear lately, scoring in double figures in 12 of his past 13 appearances, averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.5 steals in 35.3 minutes during that stretch. The young forward is proving to be a critical piece for the Raptors, showcasing his ability to contribute on both ends of the floor. However, it's his three-point shooting that has caught our attention and should have bettors salivating at the over 2.5 3PM line.
Although Anunoby suffered a mild ankle sprain in Sunday's game against the Hornets, Coach Nick Nurse referred to it as a "mild, mild sprain," and the Raptors are in the thick of a playoff push. This means there's a good chance Anunoby will tough it out and continue to play through the issue, making his status one to watch closely.
Now, let's dive into the numbers supporting our prediction for Anunoby's three-point shooting tonight. Over his past 13 games, he's been consistent from deep, hitting multiple triples in all but one contest. In fact, during his most recent game against the Hornets, Anunoby shot an impressive 5-6 from beyond the arc. With the Raptors facing the same opponent tonight, it's reasonable to expect a similar performance.
When examining the Hornets' defense, they rank 22nd in the league in opponent three-point percentage, allowing teams to shoot 36.5% from deep. This presents a favorable matchup for Anunoby, who's shooting a solid 37.4% from three this season. As a key offensive weapon for the Raptors, Anunoby will likely have plenty of opportunities to capitalize on Charlotte's deficiencies defending the perimeter.
Furthermore, with Gary Trent (back) still out for tonight's game and Will Barton (ankle) also sidelined, Anunoby's offensive role becomes even more significant. This could lead to increased shot attempts for the forward, boosting his chances of hitting the over 2.5 3PM mark.
Finally, let's not forget the stakes of this game. The Raptors have already clinched a spot in the Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament but are still battling to secure the No. 7 or 8 seed to host a game. This means players like Anunoby will be highly motivated to perform well in these crucial matchups.
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