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Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets - 4/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (44-32) at Toronto Raptors (51-25)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Charlotte Hornets and the Toronto Raptors do battle tonight at the Air Canada Center.

The Hornets have won 14 of their last 18 games but they'll be looking to bounce back now after losing to the Cavaliers by 112-103 on Sunday. Kemba Walker led the charge with 29 points and seven assists, Marvin Williams added 22 points while Jeremy Lin had 14 points off the bench, but the Hornets just had no answer for the Cavaliers who shot a sizzling 54.2 percent from the field and 16 of 29 from the 3-point line. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for Charlotte which drops them to sixth place in the Eastern Conference with an overall record of 44-32.

Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets - 4/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Raptors have now lost four of their last seven games after falling to the Spurs by 102-95 on Saturday. Norman Powell led the scoring with 17 points while Jonas Valanciunas and Cory Joseph added 16 points each as the Raptors battled well with the Spurs for the entire game despite missing their top two scorers in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan who were both rested for the game. It wasn't such a disappointing loss as the shorthanded Raptors really took it to the Spurs, but the loss does drop them to 51-25 on the season.

In ATS trends, the Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 6-2 ATS in their last eight Tuesday games, while the Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record.

Head to head, the Hornets are 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall and 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Toronto.

With the Raptors having already locked up the second seed, this could be another game where they decide to rest some key players so I'm sticking with the Hornets who will be desperate to win this one to continue their climb up a very congested Eastern Conference.

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Charlotte +5.5

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