The Toronto Raptors will be looking to close out their current homestand on a winning note when they host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday as 13.5-point favourites on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Toronto will have one more chance to pad its 23-8 straight-up record on home court before embarking on a five-game western road trip following Friday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have feasted on home cooking of late, winning nine straight before dropping a 108-97 decision to Milwaukee as narrow 1-point chalk on Tuesday night. In addition to ending that 9-0 SU run, Tuesday’s loss marked a step back for the Raptors’ offence, which had averaged 125.1 points per game during their recent home win streak.
Now sporting just two SU wins in its past four overall contests, Toronto has seen its lead over the third-place Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings trimmed to just one game. And with the Celtics on the rebound, the Raptors have now slipped back of Boston as +100 second favourites on the odds to win the Atlantic Division, and to +650 on the Eastern Conference championship odds.
And despite going 17-2 SU over their past 19 contests, the Raptors have also emerged as a shaky wager. The team has recorded consecutive against-the-spread wins just once during a 4-4 ATS run, including a 3-3 ATS run on home hardwood, and has also covered just twice while going 4-2 SU in its past six meetings with Charlotte.
The Hornets arrive in town looking to build on a narrow 107-101 win over the New York Knicks as 2-point home underdogs at betting sites to improve to 4-2 SU over their past six contests. Charlotte’s modest surge comes on the heels of a 3-19 SU run that bounced the team from the playoff picture, and features SU wins in three of their past four road dates.
The Charlotte defence has been particularly steady during the team’s recent tear, surrendering an average of just 101.5 points per game over their past six outings, and 93 or fewer points in two of their past four away games. That represents a remarkable turnaround for the Hornets after surrendering over 117 points per game over their previous five outings.
That stingy defence has fueled a 5-1 run for the UNDER in totals betting, according to the OddsShark NBA Database. However, the Hornets have struggled to contain the Raptors’ offence in recent visits to Toronto, allowing 120.4 points per game while losing four of five.