Raptors vs. Hornets Prediction
The Hornets are off to a 6-1 start this season but will they meet their match tonight when they host the Raptors at 7:00PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Hornets are 3-point home favorites for tonight’s game against the Raptors while the over/under currently sits at 198.5 points. As of this writing, neither the side nor the total have moved off the original numbers set by oddsmakers.
RAPTORS KEY TRENDS: The Raptors have been a poor road play for bettors of late, failing to cover in five of their last seven road games overall. They’re also just 4-9 at the betting window in their last 13 games coming off a win and are 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games following an ATS win as well. Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last six road games versus an opponent with a winning home record as well.
HORNETS KEY TRENDS: The Hornets have covered in six of their last eight home games and are 11-4-1 at the betting window in their last 16 home games versus a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600. They’re also 5-2 against the number in their last seven games overall and have covered in six of their last seven when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
OUR PREDICTION: The Hornets have the advantage being at home, where they have played four of their past five games but the Raptors are battled-tested coming into tonight’s matchup. They’re coming off an impressive 112-102 victory over the Thunder in OKC as a 4-point underdog and despite losing to the Clippers as a heavy favorite, they also have victories against the Heat, at Washington and home against the Nuggets. Toronto is 2-0 on the road to start the season and there’s reason to believe the Raptors are the better team overall. Take the points, but you might not need them.
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