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(28-35) Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors (44-17)
Date: Sunday March 4th
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -9
NBA Betting Total: 219
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The Charlotte Hornets are struggling this season. The team is currently in the 10th seed in the East this year, and would not be in the playoffs if the season were over today. The Toronto Raptors are sitting in first place in the East this season. The focused Raptors are looking for wins so they can have home court advantage this postseason.
The last time the Hornets and Raptors took the floor against each other, was February 11th. The Raptors got the win, 123-103. The Raptors lead the season series, 3-0.
The Charlotte Hornets are struggling this season. The team has lost two in a row, and most recently took a tough loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, 110-99. Charlotte shot 42 percent from the floor and 45.8 percent from three point land in the loss. Walker led the team in scoring with 31 points.
Walker has been the Hornets do it all player again this season. Walker was in trade talks earlier this year, but has not been moved. The Hornets opted to stay loyal and keep Walker until seasons end. After this year, who knows where he could end up. Walker was the teams only All Star this year.
The Hornets are a team that tries, but just don’t have enough talent on the roster to get the job done against most NBA teams. The team lacks scoring and another scoring option besides Walker. Nick Batum is a good NBA player, but not good enough to be collecting the money he is per year.
If the Hornets can somehow move Batum to free up cap space this off-season, hopefully can pick up another scoring option. Defensively, the Hornets are allowing 106.7 points per game this year. Ranking the Hornets 16th in points allowed this season. Not bad for a non contender in the East.
If the Hornets are going to pull off this game, they must play tough team defense on the road. Charlotte is 10-20 this year as the visiting team this season.
The Toronto Raptors are looking to stay in the number one spot in the East. The Raptors lead the Conference by 1.5 games over the Celtics for the best record in the East this season. Toronto is 4-1 over their last five games. As the Raptors keep winning games, the talks of Superstar DeMar DeRozan’s metal state are getting swept under the rug.
If the team can’t rely on DeRozan to be mentally stable in the postseason, the Raptors could be in trouble when the playoffs start. Everyone in Canada knows how Kyle Lowery goes missing in the postseason. His level of play drastically changes. If both All Stars aren’t playing well, Toronto could get upset early.
On defense, the Raptors are allowing 103.4 points per game this year. Good enough for the Raptors to rank 6th in the NBA in points allowed this season. Look for the Raptors to be ready to prove a point in this game. The team can sweep their season series with the Hornets if they can get the win tonight.
NBA Betting Trends:
- CHA are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 6-2-1 in CHA last 9 Sun. games.
- TOR are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- TOR are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Under is 6-2 in TOR last 8 Sun. games.
- Favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
The Hornets aren’t motivated, and lack the talent to make a solid playoff push. Kemba Walker is going to show up as usual for the Hornets, but if anyone is going to help him offensively, remains to be seen consistently.
The Raptors are the best team in the East right now, but DeRozan having issues mentally is putting up a red flag. If he is off in this game, the Raptors will lose at home.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets +9
I’m not expecting the Hornets to win, but I do expect them to cover the points. Take the Hornets to cover on the road.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 115 – Hornets 109
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