Charlotte’s playoff hopes are still alive thanks to its unlikely win in Boston on Saturday night. The Hornets are seeking to sting another Eastern Conference Tier 1 team when they visit Toronto to take on the Raptors on Sunday.
There are just 10 games left in the regular season and the Hornets find themselves 2.5 games back of the Miami Heat for the last playoff spot. Charlotte is coming off a 124-117 win over Boston as a 4-point road underdog, and the club topped Minnesota in its previous matchup.
The Hornets are still just 4-6 straight up (3-7 against the spread) over its last 10 contests. Buzz City is also 1-5 ATS in its last six games after a SU win, and 1-5 ATS the last six times it played on the second night of a back-to-back set. The win at Boston was just the 10th road victory of the season for the Hornets. Charlotte is 14-20 against the number as an away team this campaign.
The Raptors fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night just two nights after they won outright as 5-point underdogs at OKC. Toronto is playing some uneven basketball as the team crawls to the finish line of the regular season.
The Drakes are 5-5 straight up in their last 10 games and 6-11 ATS over their last 17 contests. Toronto is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 home games and Charlotte is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 visits to the T-dot.
Kemba Walker doing it all for Charlotte Hornets
Kemba Walker is doing everything he can to lift the Hornets to the postseason. The All-Star point guard outdueled Kyrie Irving on Saturday night and finished with a 36-9-11 line (points, assists, rebounds). Walker has scored 28 or more points in four of his last six games.
Charlotte doesn’t have much for alternative scoring options on its roster. Backup wing Jeremy Lamb is the club’s second-leading scorer and 24-million-dollar man, Nicolas Batum, is averaging fewer than 10 points per game.
Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist both missed the game against Boston and both are listed as questionable to play against Toronto.
Odds held with Kyle Lowry questionable
A defensive bulldog would be a big help to slow down Walker in this contest, but the Raps are unsure if their starting point guard will be available on Sunday. All-Star Kyle Lowry has missed four of the last five games because of a right ankle injury. He’s missed 16 games already this season and the Drakes have gone 6-10 against the spread (10-6 straight up) in those contests. Oddsmakers have yet to list a line for this matchup until more is known about Lowry’s status.