Zack Cook Winners of three straight contests and nine of their last ten, the Toronto Raptors have certainly been feeling the holiday vibes of late. As the Raptors have come to expect, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have been leading the charge, but we've seen some inspiring play from big man Jonas Valančiūnas in their most recent stretch of games.  This is the first of three meetings this season between Toronto and Charlotte, who have struggled through the first 30 games of the year posting just an 11-19 record. The Hornets enter this contest on the other end of the spectrum, losers of seven of their last ten games. Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky comes in hot, tying a season high with 24 points in Monday's 109-91 victory over the Knicks.  For the Raptors to find success against this Hornets team, they'll need to limit Nic Batum's athletism, and hope Dwight Howard doesn't have one of his monster nights against them. Kemba Walker enjoys playing the Raptors, averaging almost 18 5 5 against the club meaning shutting down this big three will go a long way for the Raptors to continue their winning streak.  DeMar DeRozan has been in the holiday giving spirit, his distribution of the ball has really helped orchestrate more offence for the Raptors.  Projected starting lineups: Toronto Raptors PG Kyle Lowry SG DeMar DeRozan SF OG Anunoby PF Serge Ibaka C Jonas Valanciunas Charlotte Hornets PG Kemba Walker SG Nic Batum SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist PF Marvin Williams C Dwight Howard

Zack Cook

Winners of three straight contests and nine of their last ten, the Toronto Raptors have certainly been feeling the holiday vibes of late. As the Raptors have come to expect, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have been leading the charge, but we've seen some inspiring play from big man Jonas Valančiūnas in their most recent stretch of games. 

This is the first of three meetings this season between Toronto and Charlotte, who have struggled through the first 30 games of the year posting just an 11-19 record. The Hornets enter this contest on the other end of the spectrum, losers of seven of their last ten games. Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky comes in hot, tying a season high with 24 points in Monday's 109-91 victory over the Knicks. 

For the Raptors to find success against this Hornets team, they'll need to limit Nic Batum's athletism, and hope Dwight Howard doesn't have one of his monster nights against them. Kemba Walker enjoys playing the Raptors, averaging almost 18 5 5 against the club meaning shutting down this big three will go a long way for the Raptors to continue their winning streak. 

DeMar DeRozan has been in the holiday giving spirit, his distribution of the ball has really helped orchestrate more offence for the Raptors. 

Projected starting lineups:

Toronto Raptors

PG Kyle Lowry

SG DeMar DeRozan

SF OG Anunoby

PF Serge Ibaka

C Jonas Valanciunas

Charlotte Hornets

PG Kemba Walker

SG Nic Batum

SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

PF Marvin Williams

C Dwight Howard