Two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the East are clashing today, when the Charlotte Hornets (36-42), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Toronto Raptors (56-23), who on the other hand want to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 04-05-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Charlotte Hornets +5.5
Charlotte Hornets have a 36-42 record (37-40-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 10th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Pelicans with a 115-109 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 25.3 ppg, adding 4.4 boards and a team high 5.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15 ppg and 5.5 boards per game.
Toronto Raptors have a 56-23 record (36-43 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Nets with a 115-105 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 26.8 ppg, adding 7.4 boards per game. He is followed by Pascal Siakam with 17 ppg and 6.9 boards per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team has won once (Raptors at home by 21 points and Hornets on the road by one). Hornets have a 24-15 home record, while the Raptors are 25-14 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 114.4 ppg to Hornets’ 110.6 and defensively, allowing 108.4 ppg to Hornets’ 112.2. They also have better percentages both in field goals (47.3% to 44.5%) and in 3-pointers (36.5% to 35%). Raptors are better both in boards grabbed (45.1 to 44.1) and in dimes made (25.4 to 23.1), while Hornets are only better in turnovers committed (11.9 to 13.3). Raptors are coming in hot and Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Toronto Raptors -5.5 (-110)
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