Charlotte Hornets (28-35) at Toronto Raptors (44-17)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -9 -- Over/Under: 219 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors meet Sunday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Charlotte Hornets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 106.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 23.2 points and 5.7 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 15.7 points and 12.3 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Nicolas Batum is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Toronto Raptors look to keep the ball rolling after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 103.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.7 points and 3.9 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.5 points and 6.5 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won eight of their last nine home games.
The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games and 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Hornets are 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Toronto, 23-11 ATS in the last 34 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I tried to tell people that the Charlotte Hornets aren't a good basketball team and don't fall for their little hot streak, as it won't last long. The Hornets cooled off just as quickly as they heated up, and they're allowing 52 percent shooting in their last five games. The Toronto Raptors have caught fire, outscoring teams by 14 points in their last five games, 12 points at home this season and have covered nine of their last 11 games. The Raptors are also 10-3 ATS this season when favored by at least nine points. I'll lay the chalk.