Charlotte Hornets (2-1) at Toronto Raptors (3-0)
NBA Basketball: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -9.5 -- Over/Under: 222.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors meet Monday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Charlotte Hornets look for a third straight road victory to remain undefeated on the road. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 115 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 35.3 points and 5.3 assists while Malik Monk is averaging 14.7 points and two rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing six rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won each of their last four road games.
The Toronto Raptors look for another victory to start 4-0 for the second time in the last four years. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 115.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 27.5 points and 11 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 23.3 points and 8.7 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Fred VanVleet is dishing 5.7 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won each of their last six home games.
The Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast, 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Monday games. The Hornets are 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Toronto, 24-11 ATS in the last 35 meetings and the favorite is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Toronto Raptors have played well up to this point, but they're still trying to figure things out with their new roster/coach, and they have allowed 100-plus points in all three games. The Charlotte Hornets have two road victories under their belt already this season and their one loss was by one point against the MIlwaukee Bucks. I'm never high on the Hornets, but they're playing well at the moment, showing solid offensive depth and Kemba is playing out of his mind right now. I like the value of the points here, as this is some steep chalk to pass up with a Hornets club that's playing well early.