The Charlotte Hornets will continue to climb the Eastern Conference standings when they take on the Toronto Raptors. The Hornets are the Sixers’ 1.5-game comeback led by Joel Embiid for the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, Toronto has stabilized its place in the play-in range. The Raptors are currently the 9th seed, but can they go ahead and secure a spot in the playoffs?
Here are the odds for match via WynnBET.
While the Hornets have been a great attacking team throughout the season, it is their defense that has carried them in the last 10 games. Charlotte is 7-3 in the last 10 games and has a 105.4 defense in that period (3rd in the league). If Charlotte can continue to maintain a solid defensive effort, victory as an underdog tonight should be no problem.
Toronto has fallen into an “average” pit. The Raptors are .500 at home and on the road during the season and 5-5 in their last five games. The Raptors have fallen seriously. Usually, they are in the top half of the league in terms of offensive ability. However, in the last 10 matches, they have fallen to 18th.
The Hornets are 12-11 ATS (against the spread) this season as the underdog in the bot lane and the Raptors are 10-8 ATS as the home team favorites. This match is coming to an end and I trust which team plays better defensively and has a higher foul rate.
Pick: Hornets +2.5 (-110)
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