Toronto Raptors (38-16) at Charlotte Hornets (23-32)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 11, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Charlotte Hornets +3.5 -- Over/Under: 215
The Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets meet Sunday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.
The Toronto Raptors look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.9 points and four rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.5 points and 6.4 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have split their last eight road games.
The Charlotte Hornets need a win after splitting their last six games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 106.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 22.9 points and 5.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 15.6 points and 12.6 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Nicolas Batum is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won five of their last eight home games.
The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hornets are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 vs. NBA Atlantic and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raptors are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Charlotte, 10-23 ATS in the last 33 meetings and the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
I've said time and time again that the Charlotte Hornets aren't a good basketball team and I fade them as much as possible. The Hornets are allowing 114.4 points on 50.8 percent shooting in their last five games and are just 2-13 ATS this season when an underdog of less than five points. That's horrible. The Toronto Raptors have been argubaly the most consistent team in the East. The Raptors have also won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Hornets, and if you're taking the small number, you're saying Charlotte has a shot to win outright. No, thanks. Give me the Raptors.