Hornets vs. Raptors - 3/6/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (38-23) at Charlotte Hornets (26-33)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Sportsnet One, SPSO
The Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets meet Friday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Toronto Raptors have lost six of their last seven and begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 104.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 100.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 18.4 points and 4.3 rebounds while Louis Williams is averaging 15.5 points and two assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.7 rebounds and Greivis Vasquez is dishing 3.8 assists. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 48.9 percent shooting in their last five games and have allowed 100-plus points in five of their last six games. The Raptors have lost 12 of their 23 games on the road. Kyle Lowry is questionable with a hand injury.
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The Charlotte Hornets look to keep rolling after winning three straight games. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 94.9 points on 42.6 percent shooting and are allowing 96.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Mo Williams is averaging 21.6 points and 8.9 assists while Al Jefferson is averaging 17.2 points and 8.8 rebounds. Gerald Henderson is dishing 2.6 assists and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 48 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from deep in their last five games. The Hornets are back in the playoff race and are currently the eighth seed in the East.
The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Raptors are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Charlotte and 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall.
In a toss up game, I'm taking the home team that's also more desprate. The Raptors look nothing like themselves lately.