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Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors - 4/5/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Raptors at Charlotte Hornets
Date & Time Friday April 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Spectrum Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Charlotte Hornets +5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FSCR, SPNT
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The Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets meet Friday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.8 points and 7.4 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 17 points and 6.9 rebounds. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 8.7 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won their last four road games.

The Charlotte Hornets look for a victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 110.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 112.2 points on 47 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 25.3 points and 5.9 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15 points and 5.5 rebounds. Marvin Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Nicolas Batum is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won four of their last five home games.

The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 Friday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Raptors are 12-25 ATS in the last 37 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 6-2-1 in Raptors last 9 road games. The over is 9-4 in Hornets last 13 home games.

The Toronto Raptors have a long history of beating the snot out of the Charlotte Hornets, and their only loss to them in the last six meeting was that miracle shot from Jeremy Lamb at the buzzer. The Charlotte Hornets come into this game losing their last five games by an average of 11 points while shooting under 43 percent from the field. The Toronto Raptors enter this game winning their last five games by an average of 15.8 points. I have to eat the reasonable chalk with the Raptors, as it feels like the Hornets have excepted how this season is going to play out.

Pick:
Toronto Raptors -5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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