Dec 28th, 2012 by PJ LaFerla
The Toronto Raptors will be on the road this Friday evening, as they are heading to “The Big Easy” for an NBA betting matchup against the New Orleans Hornets that is set to take place at the New Orleans Arena, with tip off scheduled for 8:05 PM EST.
The Oddsmakers have set the line to the advantage of the home team in this contest, listing the Hornets as a slim -2 1/2 point favorite, while posting the over/under total at 183 1/2 points.
The Raptors enter this matchup with a very poor nine wins and twenty losses on the season; and as a result have become one of the worst teams in the NBA. When playing on the road, the Raptors have covered the point spread just six times in 17 chances and as an underdog they are 10-13. They also have a poor offense that scores just 95.6 points per game on average, which comes in at 20th best in the league.
Meanwhile, the Hornets are actually worse than the Raptors, as they have accumulated just six straight up wins, while dropping 22 this season. Their offense is also worse than the Raptors, scoring only 91.2 points per game, which ranks all the way at the bottom of the league at 29th best. New Orleans has produced a winning record against the spread this season, going 15-13.
The Raptors are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games overall, but only 1-5 ATS in their last six games played on the road. Toronto has stayed under the posted total in 6 of their last 7 games played on a Friday.
The Hornets have covered the point spread in six of their last eight contests played on a Friday, but are only 2-5 ATS in their last seven versus Eastern Conference opponents. New Orleans has stayed under the posted total in seven of their last nine games played at home..
Needless to say, both of the teams stink, but one of them will cover the point spread tonight, which makes this game relevant. Toronto will win this game outright on the road, while also earning the ATS cover.
Raptors +2 1/2
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