Free NBA Pick: Hornets vs Raptors NBA Odds
Looking for Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Hornets taking on the Raptors on Wednesday March 29, 2017 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(33-40) Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors (45-29)
Date: Wednesday March 29
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: -110
NBA Betting Odds: -5.5 Raptors
NBA Betting Total: 205
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The Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors will meet for the fourth and final team on Wednesday, a season series that Charlotte has the opportunity to split with a victory.
Charlotte is playing their second game of a back to back as the season draws to a close, while the Raptors played last in a win against the Orlando Magic on Monday.
The Hornets, winners of four of their last five coming into Tuesday’s game versus Milwaukee are a team in no man’s land. They aren’t good enough, or close enough to contend for a playoff spot at this point of the season.
But they also aren’t bad enough to anchor towards the bottom of the standings to improve their lottery pick by much.
Instead they have the 11th worst record in the league, just outside of hope of landing a franchise altering star in this year’s draft, but with no marketable star to build their team around.
Kemba Walker has been the defacto star of this team, but only just made his first All Star game after his sixth year in the league.
In a league dominated by point guards, Walker may barely be in the top ten at his own position.
The Hornets have had continued failed draft picks, adding only fringe role players over the past few years when they’ve been in desperate need of a star.
In what is one of the most talented drafts in years, it would be wise for the Hornets to continue to bottom out, there is a steep drop off in talent after the first 10 players and the the Hornets are within striking distance of finishing in the bottom nine of the league.
The last time that these two teams played is also the last time that the Raptors had All Star point guard Kyle Lowry running the team. Since then, the Raptors have been fighting to stay atop the Eastern Conference.
The growing pains that come with losing an All Star caliber player were evident, the Raptors only went 6-5 in their first 11 games without Lowry, but they have since rebounded.
The Raptors have won their last six games and fellow All Star DeMar Derozan has stepped up in Lowry’s absence.
The addition of multi-tool big man Serge Ibaka certainly helps as well. Ibaka is a long defender that can switch out on the perimeter, defend the rim and also score from both inside and outside.
Also impactful has been the addition of PJ Tucker, the Raptors traded for Tucker as their “Lebron Stopper” come playoff time, but he is consistently making impacts on a game by game basis.
This game, and all forthcoming games will be important for this Raptors team that looks to claw back into their rightful place in the top two of the conference.
With Cleveland reeling and Lowry set to return soon, the Raptors could close the gap on both Cleveland and Washington for the two seed.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Charlotte of 4-8-1 ATS with 0 days of rest
- Toronto is 41-32-1 ATS for the season
- Charlotte is 19-25-1 ATS against inter-conference opponents
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Toronto with a weak upcoming schedule can begin their ascent up the standings before playoff time, while it would behoove Charlotte to bottom out as much as possible.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -5.5
Toronto, at home, and with an extra day of rest should win and cover in this game.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Charlotte 104 – Toronto 112
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