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(2-1) Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors (3-0)
Date: Monday October 22
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 222.5
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It is hard to argue that any team has looked much better than Toronto. They obviously have that perfect record while integrating a new star player. That is not always easy and they have a first time head coach. Things look promising.
Charlotte also has a new head coach but I am not as rosy on the picture for the Hornets. Still they do not have to give the wins they have gathered back.
Don’t books Finals tickets yet but the Hornets are 2-0 on the road and their only loss this season was to Milwaukee at home by a point. That’s solid even if those road wins were in the state of Florida. This is a tougher test.
Kemba Walker has been red hot to start the season, averaging 35ppg. He has always been the focal point of the Charlotte offense but now it seems like he is bombs away. He can keep it up to some extent and has always played well against the Raptors.
The question for the Hornets has always been who else is going to be able to provide support. As good as Walker is he is not Russell Westbrook. He needs some reliable scorers around him or else his efficiency just gets too low.
Only two other players are averaging double-figures in the early going – second year guard Malik Monk and Jeremy Lamb. Monk runs hot and cold and probably is not going to be reliable and Lamb has been around long enough that he is what he is.
Even though there is some positivity around the team right now I think they are going to be put in their place in this one.
Things got a little wild in Washington on Saturday night but the Raptors finished the job and got the win. Newcomer Kawhi Leonard did not play but I think that was just a rest thing as the were on their first back to back. Leonard has looked a little rusty but overall very good this season, his first in Toronto.
Speaking of looking good Kyle Lowry might have lost his best friend on the team through a trade but it is not affecting his game at all. He is only shooting over 60% from deep and the floor in general while dishing out close to nine assists per game. He is more than good enough to lead this team far in in the playoffs.
Toronto has one of the deepest rotations in the league and new coach Nick Nurse seems intent on using it. They get awesome production from the likes of backup PG Red VanVleet and the combo of Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas in the middle has been giving them more than 20/15. Star power might be greater on other teams but few have more depth.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Hornets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 home games.
- Over is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 overall.
- Over is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 games following a ATS win.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Kemba has always given the Raptors fits so the Hornets have two. Still there is a huge gap betweeen these teams and it will show.
No line yet but I would expect something like -8 The Raptors were double-digit favourites against Cleveland but Charlotte might be better.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -9.5
I never like going chalk when a number is this big but at home Toronto has a tendency of winning big, even when things feel close.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 114 – Hornets 102
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