Fresh off a hard-earned win last night, how will Charlotte's legs hold up in a matchup with the well-rested Raptors? Check out our NBA odds preview inside.
Looking over the available NBA odds, it's clear that oddsmakers are of the firm belief the Raptors will be able to run away with tonight's game against a Charlotte team playing on the back end of a back-to-back set. Right now, Toronto is favored by an even 12 points.
We should be on the lookout for a relatively fast tempo here, as the O.U is trading at right around 200. Both teams are in the bottom half of the league in terms of points allowed per game, while the Raptors have been one of the NBA's most efficient offensive teams, putting up 108.1 points per game (#3).
The Raptors will be hoping to avoid their fourth straight loss tonight. They've lost consecutive games to the Trail Blazers, Warriors and Suns, this coming after a stretch in which they had won eight of nine. Such is the nature of the NBA season, full of ups and downs. Right now, Toronto is in the valley, not the peak.
That being said, the Raptors have had a few days off since Sunday's loss to Phoenix, so they should be fresh and ready to go tonight. More importantly, they'll be back at home, where they've gone a terrific 14-3 SU this season.
Kyle Lowry has been the star of the show for this team, and now it looks like DeMar DeRozan will return soon. That's only going to make Toronto even more dangerous, a scary thought for the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Though they were down for a large chunk of last night's game, the Hornets fought their way back admirably and were able to win 98-94 over Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. As a team, Charlotte shot an even 43.0 percent, while hitting just 28.6 percent from beyond the arc, but they were still able to notch the all-important W.
Kemba Walker was all over the place once again, scoring 31 points while adding four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win. Gerald Henderson was excellent too, posting 16 points, seven rebounds and six boards in 36 minutes of action. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Brian Roberts also hit double figures in scoring.
That's three straight victories for Charlotte, but it's going to take everything they have to avoid that run coming to an end. This will be the Hornets' third in game in four nights, and they're matched up with a Toronto squad that's been off since the weekend. Yikes. Will Walker be able to put the team on his back once again tonight?
Like our pick in the Knicks/Rockets game, we're going to take on a lot of chalk in this spot too. We just don't like this situation at all for the Hornets.
It took every last ounce of energy and will for Charlotte to fight their way back and earn a win over New Orleans last night. We have a hard time seeing the Hornets having enough in the tank to stay close with a Toronto team that's going to be as motivated as ever to end this losing streak.
The Raptors have been scoring at an incredibly efficient level overall this season, and it's unlikely the Hornets, without Al Jefferson or Lance Stephenson, will be able to keep up. What's more, Lowry has been out of this world and should be up for the challenge of slowing down Walker, who's practically been Charlotte's entire offense.
With that in mind, let's add Toronto, despite a recent losing streak, as the NBA betting favorites to our NBA picks for Thursday night. Good luck!
NBA Pick: Toronto Raptors -12 at BetOnline