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Market Report for Monday, February 7th
*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back
**Lines are opening numbers
Toronto Raptors at Charlotte Hornets (PK, 225.5)
The sky seems to be falling for the Charlotte Hornets. On Saturday they were handed an 18-point loss to the Heat which extended their losing streak to 0-4 SU/1-3 ATS, and the team is 2-6 SU and ATS in its last eight games. In the loss to Miami rookie James Bouknight tried to confront head coach James Borrego on the sideline but was taken to the locker room, and LaMelo Ball was essentially benched, limited to just six minutes in the second half. Charlotte’s high-flying offense has been stymied the last four contests, putting up just 95.8 points per 100 possessions while shooting 38.6% from the floor and 28.8% from distance. It seems like a terrible time to welcome in a red-hot Toronto team that is on a 5-0 SU and ATS run. The Raptors’ defense is back to playing at an elite level, limiting their last five opponents to 107.9 points per 100 possessions and 33.5% from 3-point range. Given the situation for Charlotte it’s not surprising to see the market head in Toronto’s direction here, but this is going to be just the second time this season the Raptors close as a road favorite. These two teams just met on Jan. 25 and Toronto wiped the floor with Charlotte in a 125-113 victory, putting up 1.337 points per possession in non-garbage time while shooting 16-of-30 from deep. Usually I am all for buying on bad news, but given the way the team has been playing lately I would have to see it to believe it buy in on Charlotte this low.