Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors - 4/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (45-32) at Charlotte Hornets (33-43)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets +3 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors travel to the Time Warner Cable Arena to battle the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.
The Charlotte Hornets have won just four of their last 12 games overall and will be feeling very lucky that they were able to sneak past the Sixers by 92-91 on Saturday. Kemba Walker led the way with 24 points while Mo Williams added 18 points off the bench, but with the game on the line, the Hornets turned to Gerald Henderson who delivered the game-winning layup in the waning seconds to propel his team to 33-43 and keep them in the playoff race with just a handful of games left to play.
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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have lost five of their last nine overall and are in danger of losing their top-4 place in the Eastern Conference after falling to the Celtics on Saturday. DeMar DeRozan had a big game of 38 points on 14 of 25 shooting while Louis Williams added 27 points off the bench, but it still wasn't enough to get past the Celtics to who beat them by 117-116 at the buzzer in overtime. Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson both remain out for the slumping Raptors who are now just one game ahead of the Wizards who currently hold the fifth seed in the Eastern standings.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last four against the Eastern Conference, while the Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last four home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the Raptors are 6-20 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall and just 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Charlotte.
The Raptors will be eager to get the road win and gain some momentum towards the playoffs and I think they'll be able to get the job done considering how poor the Hornets have been lately.