Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 03, 2024

The Raptors host the bad Charlotte Hornets on Sunday with Toronto looking to win the season series in a game it really has no right losing.

March 03, 2024, 6:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Pointspread +7.5 -110
Moneyline +230
Over / Under o +223.5
Pointspread -7.5 -110
Moneyline -300
Over / Under u +223.5

Even without injured star Scottie Barnes, the Dinos are 7-point favourites on the NBA odds.

Hornets vs. Raptors NBA Betting Odds

The Hornets can never seem to catch a break. They had by far the best odds under the former NBA Draft lottery system to win it in 2012 when the big prize was Kentucky’s Anthony Davis. Alas, New Orleans (ironically then called the Hornets) won it and got Davis, while Charlotte was left to pick second and select Davis’ Kentucky teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Davis is a future Hall of Famer while MKG had a decent career but nothing special.

Charlotte did very well in the taking LaMelo Ball at No. 3 overall in the 2020 draft, and the former Rookie of the Year is mega-talented but simply can’t stay healthy and not back Sunday. Things like that seem to happen all the time to this franchise. The team is under new ownership, though, and has made one big decision in hiring Nets executive Jeff Peterson as the franchise’s next head of basketball operations. New owners Rick Schnall and Gabe Plotkin chose Peterson to replace Mitch Kupchak, who is moving from GM into an advisory role with the Hornets. 

It was presumed that Coach Steve Clifford was a goner after this season, but Peterson built a good professional relationship with Clifford during their time with the Nets, where Clifford served as a coaching consultant in the 2021-22 season. So we will see.

Toronto leads the season series 2-1 and won the first home matchup 114-99 on Dec. 18 – the Dinos have won six straight as the home team in the series. It’s tied 48-48 all-time. 

Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte comes off its third loss in a row Friday, 121-114 in Philadelphia. Miles Bridges had a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. It was his fifth double-double in six games since the break, and he’s averaging 20.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in that stretch. The Hornets looked into trading him at the deadline, but Bridges essentially blocked anything from happening as he hits free agency this summer. Good player who had a career-high 45 points vs. Toronto on Feb. 7 but has some off-court issues. It appears Charlotte did well in taking Alabama’s Brandon Miller at No. 2 overall in the 2023 NBA Draft as he’s averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. In addition to LaMelo Ball, centre Mark Williams and guards Cody Martin and Seth Curry are out. Another centre, Nick Richards, is questionable with a foot issue. The Hornets are 2-18 in their past 20 vs. Eastern Conference foes. 

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors not only lost 120-105 at home to Golden State on Friday, their second straight defeat, but lost All-Star Scottie Barnes to a broken left middle finger late in the first half. Barnes had 10 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes, ending a career-best streak of five consecutive double-doubles. Not yet clear how long he will miss, but Kelly Olynyk started the third period in Barnes’ place on Friday. Rookie Gradey Dick also should see an uptick of minutes and could start. Bruce Brown also may be impacted but is questionable tonight due to right knee inflammation. Toronto has had at least six players score in double figures in a season high-tying four straight games. The Raptors are averaging 120.8 points in that span, third-most in the league. They are averaging 59.2 points in the paint since the All-Star break, highest among teams in the Eastern Conference. The Dinos are 1-5 in their past six at home. 

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